Posted by: Diane | December 2, 2013

Hop To It!

I was reading a running magazine last week, while drudging away on the gym elliptical machine. My eyes were drawn to a humorous picture and a very inspiring article by Karen Karnis. She was writing about competitive racing.

Pacers, also known as pace bunnies, are runners who complete a race in a certain time, allowing anyone aiming for that time to stick with that bunny to get there.” 

pace bunnies

I love this concept and it got me thinking…

Everyone could do with a pace bunny in their lives – someone who is more experienced and knows the way – someone to follow, who can help you pace yourself so that you can finish this life in a strong, vibrant and meaningful way.

Years ago, I attended a conference, where the theme was “FINISH STRONG!” I was deeply moved by testimony after testimony of men and women who had lived life to the fullness and in their old age, were still waking up every morning with purpose and drive. All these elderly people had two things in common:

1. a deep desire to “fight the good fight, finish the race and keep the faith” (2 Timothy 4.7)

2. an intentionality to be “others-centered” – to always be building into other peoples’ lives

These older people wanted to leave a legacy that glorified God. They understood and applied the truth in Robert Ingersoll’s quote, “We rise by lifting others.” They recognized that their lives were rich with stories and that they needed to constantly fight the tendency to think, “I’m just an old person – no one is interested in what I have to say.” 

Facilitating the OVERFLOW! group for the past three years has confirmed to me that multigenerational friendships are powerful. This creative and intentional grouping of women, ages 14 -60 years is based on Philippians 1.9: I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. Now that I think about it, there are many pace bunnies in this group who are gifted, vibrant living women who have set the pace and constantly loved the younger women in practical, wise, life-changing ways.  

Someone who’s “been there, done that”  is a person worth pursuing – it often doesn’t happen on its own. It takes some effort and prayer to find a personal pace bunny but when we choose to spend time with people who love us, challenge us, make us laugh and make us better, we experience deep joy that remains, despite the every-changing landscapes of our lives.

So…hop to it! Go find yourself a pace bunny.

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