I’m training for a marathon again, and today was a 12 miler. I wasn’t really looking forward to it, but I knew I needed to run, so out I went. At mile 7, a lady ran up behind me and immediately thanked me for encouraging her. She said she’d been trying to catch me for a while and was currently on her last mile. She told me I’d inspired her to push harder. I didn’t pass her at any point, so I didn’t know anyone was behind me and she caught me off guard by her extreme gratitude. We got to run her last mile together and I found out she was also running 12 miles and training for her 7th Boston marathon 😮👏 This was one of the coolest interactions I’ve had running, and I had no idea when I left for my run, it would start from someone watching me.
As Christians, our lives should reflect Jesus. We get to be an influence on people God puts in our lives, but we also have people watching we may never speak to, or even know they exist. Are we living in a way that reflects Him? If someone never had a conversation with us and only saw our actions, what would they think? Robin reminded me of the importance of every small action today, and how big they can be to people looking on.
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” – Matthew 5:16