The Lead Pastor and friend at my current church gave me this book during my initial weeks at New Hanover Presbyterian Church. He saw my intensity and shared the following words of life with me - "Pace yourself."
I remember hearing a sermon years ago by John Piper that emphasized having a marathon-mindset to the Christian life instead of a sprint mindset. One outcome of my reflections from that sermon was to alter my workouts. I transitioned them from a sprint mindset to a distance mindset. I recognized that even my swimming and running workouts revealed my sprint approach to life. I have always struggled with over-extending myself through strong sprints.
Last night, I finished the book Running On Empty and I received a fresh perspective on my life through this book. The author did not share any awe-inspiring insights but he effectively pointed me toward what I need to consider on a daily, weekly, ongoing basis.
Here are some thoughts that I recorded from the book after finishing it:
1. Serotonin and adrenaline
- Do not overproduce
- Steward your energy
- Rest well, my friend – consider “sleeping in by going to bed earlier”
- Exercise your way to recovery
- Eat your way to a good life
- Recharge daily
- Fight for your family
- Life of Reaction
- Life of Conformity
- Life of Independence
- Life of Intentionality