I felt that it was a realistic goal and figured that my fullest potential for running would be to, some day, run it in 2:15. Race day came and I was at the starting line. Since I had a hip injury in February, I have been leery of a potential injury again if I pushed myself too hard.
I quietly said a prayer. Please Lord, keep me healthy throughout this race. If it is your will, please let me run fast enough to break the 2:20 barrier. The race organizers provided pacers for different time goals. I decided that if I could keep up with 2:15 pacer through at least ten miles, I could reach my goal. Not only was I able to do that, after the 12 mile point, I decided that I could go faster than he was going. I finished with a personal best of 2:13.
This proved to me that I had put a limit on my own potential. It states in Philippians 4:13 that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Christ gave me strength that day. What areas of your life are you limiting your potential?
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Through Christ, everything is possible. There are no limits to His potential to use you for His glory. Remember to be thankful for all of the blessings that He bestows upon you. By doing this, the blessing will continue to flow.