Friday, March 11, 2011

Running From Insanity (pt 2)

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, ~ Hebrews 12:1 ~

We are by far some of the most impatient people on earth. I don't know if this is just an American dilemma, or if it is just a naturally occurring trait of the human being. I am more apt to believe the latter than the former. Our impatience toward the nature of life itself, has moved us to create a pseudo world of unreality. In our attempt make life 'easier' we have seemingly wrapped ourselves within a cocoon that we cannot get out of. Our minds have been so polluted with convenience that it is difficult to believe what used to be normal and sane now looks crazy to us. If we cannot get it easy or quickly into our hands (or mouth), it is deemed too difficult a task. The word exercise has become a curse word to our psyches. To walk somewhere let alone run, well, that is just way too crazy. Everything, it seems, from the cradle to the grave, has been crafted for the convenience of the flesh. From microwave buttons to drive through fast food joints, the path of least resistance has been paved with the golden bricks of 'progress'. If we have to work too hard for it, then something must be wrong. To put it simply, what once was sane now looks insane, and the insane now looks sane.

This blanket of convenience has shrouded us in a cocoon of darkness that hinders us from truly seeing, not only the need to get back what we have lost, but the depth of how far we have fallen from this need. If you were to take an honest peek outside the safety of your covers you may just see that all the glitters is not golden. Go ahead, just flip back the cover a little and it doesn't take much of a look to comprehend the magnitude of our situation. Look around and take a peek at the land around you. Obesity, disease, and sickness are plaguing our culture. The overwhelming facts of study after study are littering the landscape with their truths. Yet, we remain docile in our comfort zone of denial. Living in the land of shadows and rowing down the river of denial, it is far easier to justify ourselves with the death at distance attitude of "Oh that will never happen to me!"

It's time to pull back the covers of our insanity! But only YOU can do this and the point is...YOU CAN DO THIS! It's time to get off the 'yellow' brick, magic pill road of impatience and hit the trails of your life. Running speaker and writer, John Bingham said, "The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start." Today is the day you start toward a new you. It has been said the journey of thousands miles begins with the first step. Today is the day you take that first step out of insanity and back into the race God has called you to run. If the truth be known, we were not built to live a sedentary life of ease and convenience. We were built to work and there is no true satisfaction in this life until this purpose is met head on.

You don't have to accept the insanity. You don't have to lay in the comfort zone of excuses. Shake yourself and look in the mirror. There is no straight jacket holding you back or fetters tying you down. Today is YOUR day to begin anew.

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth.

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same.

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

(Robert Frost)

The choice is YOURS! Think about it! Isn't it time you get off the beaten path of insanity?

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