I remember in high school deciding I was going to try out for the cross country team. The only problem? I couldn’t run one mile, let alone three.

Obviously, I needed a training program. And I never would have been able to make it through the fall season and beyond to run a half-marathon the next spring without my mother.

She became my training partner. And together we jogged/walked to the corner and back. Then three blocks further. Then to the park, around the park, beyond the park, and so on until I could run for half an hour straight without dying.

Could I have done it alone? Maybe. But being accountable to someone made the difference. She didn’t let me skip a day and our gasping conversations as we limped along bonded our relationship. And started the rest of my family running.

That’s the power of a training partner. Accountability and encouragement rolled into one person pushing you to transform your life one day at a time.

Today, I have several training partners. I email one member of my writing critique group every week to let her know how much progress I’ve made toward my weekly goals. (And I push hard on Saturdays to catch up just so I can email good news!) Other Bible study leaders push me to serve my group better. My budget and my husband keep us financially on track. (And exercise? Well, I’d do a better job looking for a training partner if I’d get off the couch.)

But, did I mention my best training partner of all? God. He’s always by my side and promised to never leave me. He sees my potential and has great plans for my life. Plus, I can talk to Him about anything and He always listens.

What new habit are you forming? Is there someone else training in the same way? Could you journey together?

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4 thoughts on “Training Partners

  • March 10, 2010 at 7:22 am

    >GOD has sent two people alongside to push and encourage me…did I say "push and shove" me toward the mark? They have been a tremendous blessing!

  • March 10, 2010 at 7:54 am

    >Sounds like you had a wonderful mother! My mother is still my biggest cheerleader. And my husband is too. I don't have any specific writing partners, but I've made so many writing friends through ACFW and blogging, and I feel they are journeying right alongside of me!

  • March 10, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    >When I get stuck or need critique, I'm always thankful to know a friend is only a "click" away. 🙂


  • March 10, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    >My newest venture is reviewing books for a few publishers and then sharing them with my readers. Its a way to give back for my joy and love of reading.

    God has really changed my views from so many new perspectives and provides just what I need to inspire and encourage me everyday.

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

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