Poison Dart Frogs are some of the tiniest and beautiful creatures on the planet; they are also incrediably deadly. So, why call this blog "Tiny Dart Frog"? It goes back to the old adage - good things come in small packages. We are all created exactly as God has intended - unique, strong, and beautiful.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
An Amazing Time
Recently I ran the Boston Marathon, which has been a dream of mine since the 10th grade. When I returned many, many people asked me, "How was the race?"
My response was almost always something to the effect of:
"It was GREAT! My time wasn't that great though. I ran 8 minutes slower than my usual marathon pace."
And then I proceeded to talk about how exhilarating it is to stand at the start line with 25, 000 other runners, to run the oldest marathon around, to struggle and conquer Heartbreak Hill(s), to spend the weekend with one of my best friends, to have a chance to relax....
It isn't often that I wake up and know that today a dream will be fulfilled.
One time I went through this - reliving all the amazing pieces of my marathon experience and ended it with, "So, it was great even if my time wasn't."
The person responded, "Sounds to me like your 'time' was amazing."
Hmm...that's right. That is spot on, I thought. My time was amazing. Bookend life with that...you can't actual quantify 'time' if you look at it that way.
So, yes, I was a bit slower - chalk it up to really steep hills or taking in the scenery. Whatever. I had an amazing time.
My name is Christine Stephan, although I answer mostly to Mom or Pastor.
I am a Lutheran pastor for an amazing group of Jesus' disciples just outside Washington DC AND a mom to 3 of the best boys in the universe.
I blog here about family and faith and frustrations....That thing we call 'life'.
My boys are passionate about all things legos, anything involving a ball, video games, and chocolate.
I am an avid runner, a lover of interesting books and deep conversation, a very amateur writer, and also a lover of chocolate.
I also love theology (which is weird, I know), but I don't love theology more than Jesus.
This blog is hardly ever profound, but it is real. As a pastor and I mom, I find 'real' to be more helpful in my journey with Jesus than crossing all the t's and dotting all the i's.