William James said, “Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they’ve got a second.  Give your dreams all you’ve got and you’ll be amazed at the energy that comes from you.”

Isaiah put it another way when he noted, “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary.”

If you’re feeling a bit weary about the race today, I’m right there with you.  Sometimes it seems like getting a second wind isn’t as easy as it once was.  Of course, if James is right, then maybe I just haven’t gone quite far enough on the first round.  Whatever the facts are, there’s still a truth that says, “you can win…you’ve just got to keep going.”

I know that in our current culture and political and entrepreneurial landscape, it can look pretty dismal.  I may well look like sitting it out is actually the best course.  Catching your breath and taking in the blue skies on a breezy day are good things to do.  Regrouping your energy and your thoughts can help you focus on new goals.   If you’ve been wandering a bit after being down sized, right sized, re-sized, or whatever the sizing measures of corporate America are today, just remember you still hold the aces.  You still have cards to play because you’re the perfect size to do what God meant for you to do on this planet.  Your work isn’t done, it’s just changed.  It’s perhaps even getting more on target.

Today, I encourage you to take a deep breath, wait for that second wind and keep going.  You’re not in it alone.  You have friends all over the place who are having a similar experience.  Call each other.  Keep each other encouraged and keep believing that God has greater plans for you than you know.  It’s okay to rest because once you take off on the wings of those eagles, you’re going to soar!  A new adventure is just ahead.

Going back to Isaiah, remember these words.  “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.”

The joy of the Lord is your strength.  The joy of your hopes and dreams is still alive and well.  Let’s get ready for that second wind and see where it takes us!

  1. Mark says:

    Karen,

    Thanks for your encouraging thoughts. I have often wondered what “wait on the Lord” is really about. The other day I realized that it may be to not get desperate and just accept the first thing that comes along. To stay focused on something that matters and not be distracted by immediate quick fixes really seems to take that second wind.

    Best to you,
    Mark

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