Some of my favorite trips or vacations are where I get to take a long run. Through parks, subdivisions, and back roads. But, my favorite runs always involve water – along a river, lake or ocean. I have run in some incredible places.
Philadelphia, Chicago, Minneapolis, Washington, DC., Madison, Wisconsin, Dallas. Just a few which come to mind.
On those runs one word can usually capture the time.
I worship. I talk to God. I dream.
Long runs along a body of water are awesome. Love it.
I have come to this realization though:
The best places to run all have some common characteristics.
The best cities in which to run, in my opinion, have these attributes in common:
A body of water.
A path beside the body of water.
The peace and tranquility of running on the path beside the body of water.
The chance to connect with nature and God along the body of water.
But, here’s the other thing I learned – and the point of this post.
The best places to run require dodging geese poop.
(Sorry if you don’t think a nice blog like this, written by a mostly nice pastor like me, about leadership and life, should use an analogy – or a word = like “poop” in a post. I guess I could call them geese droppings, but that doesn’t seem to capture what they drop.)
But, it is true. If you want to run in the best places –
You’ve got to dodge the geese poop.
And, right about now, you’re wondering why you’re even still reading this post. I understand.
Well, it’s because – once as I was dodging the geese poop – it occurred to me.
The same principle is true in life and leadership.
You can settle for mediocre.
You can choose to go for second best.
You can compromise before the right decision is made.
You can refuse the risk you might get dirty.
But, if you want to experience the best life has to offer.
If you want to settle for nothing but the right decision.
You have to dodge the geese poop of life.
The path to the best places in life are often lined with difficulties along the way.
(By the way, for my pastor friends, this principle has been true for me in church planting and church revitalization. We’ve dodged a lot of geese droppings.)
Following your dream – achieving God’s plan for your life – maximizing your goals and ambitions – those aren’t easy. They never are. They require a lot of faith, a lot of hard work, and a lot of prayer and patience.
It’s messy, filled with setbacks, conflict and obstacles. There will be times we are tempted to give up, choose an easier route, or quit before the end is in sight.
It’s a choice. You can choose where you want to run. You can stay on the boring and safe treadmill of life if you want, but, as for me, no doubt about it, whenever I get the chance, I’m choosing to run by the body of water.
I’ll just watch out for and endure the geese poop, because I know it’s a part of the path.
Are you on one of those body of water paths of life right now?
Are there a lot of “droppings” in your way?
Don’t give up – the Glorious part comes to those who endure!