Friday, August 5, 2016

I Do Not Run

Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly;
I do not fight like a boxer beating the air.
1 Corinthians 9:26 NIV

"I do not run like someone running aimlessly", when I read those words the other day I was struck by how appropriately it describes many of our lives as special needs parents. Most of you know, we run with a purpose:

  • As parents of children who require various therapies and treatments that are not always easily obtainable, we become focused.

  • As parents of children who need specific supports and accommodations in school, we become knowledgeable.

  • As parents of children who learn and process the world around them in their own unique ways, we become vigilant.

  • As parents of children who are often forgotten and looked at as less valuable, we learn to RUN. 

Not that we are "warrior" parents, but we are parents who run our race purposefully. We have gained a unique perspective of the need to be intentional, with our time and our attention.

Paul lived his life sold out for a purpose, and after he saw Jesus that purpose was solely and soulfully re-purposed. We can, and often do, experience a similar awakening when our lives are "re-purposed" as parents of our children.

As we head into another school year some of us are just beginning to train for our journey. We are becoming aware of the need to be focused, knowledgeable and vigilant with our children's academic future. We are learning to run. Look to those ahead of you for support and guidance, use their wisdom and experience.

Some of us are far enough along that we are feeling strong and confident in our race, we need to look around to those beside and behind us who are new and learning to navigate their path and gain strength in their journey. We must help them. We need to extend our hand and share our experience.

Some of us are growing weary near the end and may have doubts of how we have done, how we will finish our race. We must look at our children and remember, remember the race we have run together, and know...

We have won.

Heavenly Father I pray that as we become stronger in our journey, as we train to run the race that You have set before us, God help us to remember not only our purpose, and those around us, Father help us to not loose sight of the ultimate prize in this race we run...Your glory. In Jesus name we pray, Amen


  1. Purposed and re-purposed. I love that imagery.
    Paul reminds us that it doesn't matter what lies behind - he went from persecuting Christians because of the Gospel message to suffering for it! And so we can believe him that we are continually reaching ahead, towards that goal even if we missed the mark yesterday. Thanks for the encouragement!

  2. Thank you Amanda, I am so glad you found these words encouraging!