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There are clubs you can’t belong to
Neighborhoods you can’t live in
Schools you can’t get in to
But the roads are always open.
Just do it.

This is a Nike poster I’ve been holding onto for years.  I took it off the wall after it had ripped and was looking rather tattered (even after taping it over and over!) … but still, have not been able to throw it away.  I got it from a flea market when I was 9 years old.  Definitely the era when I “had” to have posters up on my wall.  At that point, I thought I was going to make it to the Olympics as a 100m runner.  A-N-Y-thing, may I repeat, A-N-Y-thing to do with running … I was drawn to.  Funny, now I try to picture a 9 year old having the desire to be a runner, and cannot imagine how obsessed I must have seemed! 

Now, facing realities, I find that too often I put limitations on myself for what I CAN actually do. Somewhat like what that prose talks about “…clubs you can’t belong to … schools you can’t get in to …”.  No, I will never be an Olympic short distance sprinter (surprise Sarah!), but who says I can’t run?!  And run hard as if I were?!  Even the Bible talks about giving running in our race of faith, not expecting to win, but running as if you would anyway … with your ALL!

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? 
Run in such a way as to get the prize. 
1 Corinthians 9:24

Today, I will take on the day … grabbing hold of the desires that have been placed in me.  Being obedient to that which I know God has given me a heart to do.  Why wait any longer?!

The roads are always open.

pic pix:  my favorite poster, Jun.2011

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  • January 29, 2012 - 2:47 pm

    Lord Jimbo - I have been looking for this poster for quite a while, I used to have one like it, and I harboured similar ambitions. The poster used to hang in my room and would stare at it for ages as I love images generally, but this one in particular made an impression on me and I am delighted you posted it. That poster in my room was many years ago, but I am heading back running next week, I feel both excited and a little anxious, but it has to be done, so thanks for posting this, brought back great memories ~ G.ReplyCancel

  • February 13, 2012 - 1:21 pm

    sarah nadine - Lord Jimbo: running has this way of releasing, inspiring, and pushing us to our limits. i’m glad you were brought “back” in such a positive way. funny that this poster meant so much to others also 🙂

    i hope that your running days ahead bring that enthusiasm and ambitions back into play!

    thanks for commenting.ReplyCancel

  • February 21, 2012 - 10:57 am

    Lord Jimbo - I am back running now a couple of weeks, and I have to say I started feeling better almost immediately, must pick up a new pair of trainers as you Americans like to say, I recommned running to people dealing with work or emotional stress, great when your clothes fit you better and my sleep has improved, definitely the way to go, fond memories of that poster, so thank you for your creativity.ReplyCancel

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