A while back, I arrived at church for an evening Bible study class. I was feeling worn out; I’d done my walk that day but I didn’t get up in time to walk before church so I donned my tennis shoes after church and did my mileage for that day. It was a beautiful day, after 1 pm, so it was quite warm, which zaps me of my energy quickly. Plus my bad ankle decided to get cranky with me that day.
I felt like I had something to moan and groan about with my lack of energy. I was all ready to give my friends my pity speech in conversation when another friend arrived, barely able to move. She had spent most of the day running about twenty miles up and down a mountain. Why? She was training for an ultra-marathon (30 miles), full of elevation gains.
I was impressed and shared that with her, commenting, “And I was feeling worn out from walking a mile today!” She said something that struck me as super important, not just in exercising but in all areas:
“Everyone’s mile looks different.”
I knew that but I wasn’t looking at it that way. I was looking at what others were doing, what others had to offer. People who seemed like they had more to offer than me tended to make me feel envious. People who offered less than me often brought out judgment. But that wasn’t right. Envy is a sin, right there in the Ten Commandments. Judgment is God’s job, not mine.
I decided I needed to look at what my mile was. My mile, an assignment from God, was not what my friend’s mile looked like. (I didn’t want it to be; running 30 miles of hills does not sound like fun!) I needed to turn to God and ask Him what my mile looked like.
I figured out that I was doing my mile. I was doing it but I was looking at everyone else’s instead of looking at what I was accomplishing. God doesn’t want me to focus on other people’s miles unless He’s asking me to help with their mile. He wants me to focus on doing the best I can do at the mile He’s given me.
I may not be running 30 miles in a day. But if I’m focused on giving 100% to the mile He’s asked me to walk, then I’m right where I’m supposed to be no matter how difficult it might look to others.
What is your mile? Are you giving it 100%?