• Noun. The reason for which something exists or is done, made, used, etc. Determination; resoluteness.
  • Verb. To set as an aim or intention or goal for oneself.

I have never really had resolutions or themes for the new year, but as I am getting older and looking at where I am and the things I would like to accomplish, thinking about these things and actually having some forethought might help me acheive these goals.

I chose the word Purpose, because I know that without it, I am just allowing life to happen around me. I am tired of flying by the seat of my pants. I’ve been able to get by so far, but as I age and see those around me merely responding to what life throws at them instead of having a direction, I know this is not the path I want to go down.

How am I going to apply Purpose to my life? First things first. God must be my priority. If I really want to start right, I must ask God what His purpose is for me each day. I must be willing to listen, and act as well.

For we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him and are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

Because I have Hashimoto’s and Lupus I have to take my diet seriously. This takes great effort on my part and I have not eaten with purpose lately. It shows not only in my waistline, but in my levels of fatigue, body aches, and headaches. I must be purposeful about planning meals and cooking my food. In addition, it will certainly be helpful to the rest of my family to have healthy home cooked meals.

Rest is something else I must do with purpose. It is actually one thing I am good at when I need to. I have learned the hard way if I don’t rest with purpose, my body will shut down and force me to at the most inopportune time.

I have some big running goals for 2018. I’m already starting the year off with some niggles that I need to address if I want to continue to train hard. Cross training, strength training and core work must be added. They do have a purpose, even if I don’t like to do them!! I must remember this reasoning, especially when I start to complain about it. Each run has a purpose as well. Some are to focus on endurance, some speed, some hills, and some recovery. I don’t need to just run more, I need each run to have a purpose. This is what will help me cross the finish line of another 50K and my first 50 miler healthy and injury free.





Author: arunneraftergodsownheart

Christian Runner, overcoming depression one step at a time.

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