One Mile at a Time
March 1, 2020
There is a popular illustration that asks the question how you eat an elephant. The answer is one bite at a time. This illustration is used to show that those things in life that tend to overwhelm us can be dealt with if we just break them into little pieces. This is not only true in eating elephants, but throughout our life in general. I don’t know how old you are, but I am fifty-six. Sometimes I feel seventy-six and occasionally I feel thirty-six. Mostly I feel fifty-six…every year of it. As Indiana Jones said, “It isn’t the age, it’s the mileage.” If you are feeling your age right about now, join the club! Would you let me give you some advice? Just as you eat an elephant one bite at a time, remember that for most of us, life is a marathon, not a sprint. Just as mile-markers dot the life of marathon runners, markers dot our lives as well. Getting our driver’s license, our first date, our first kiss, high school graduation, college, marriage, kids, teaching our kids to drive, our kid’s graduation, our kid’s marriage, the list could be larger or smaller for you depending on how old you are. Looking back over fifty-six years, the markers I just listed flew by. They make me wonder where time has gone. Other markers pass more slowly. Watching a loved one waste away from disease and sickness, troubled marriages slowly eroding into the abyss of divorce, perhaps your own illnesses or job troubles. These markers often pass slowly, a painstaking, gut-wrenching kind of slow. May I give you some encouragement? Keep on walking. Keep putting one foot in front of the other. Before you know it, this mile will pass and then the next, and the next. Next thing we know, our race will have been run and we will have crossed the finish line. As one of my favorite songs so eloquently puts it, "We're almost home." Savor your life. The good, the bad and the ugly. It is a gift from God. Enjoy it, one mile at a time.
Be blessed and be a blessing…Bro. Andy