Never had I ever experienced what I did today. One of the most notorious runs of the highschool season is called the road of torture. Basically, it is six and a half miles and the majority of it is on a straight, country road. I don't know about you, but that does not sound like something fun. It also happened to be the hottest day of the season. I knew that this workout was coming and was dreading it all year. I just never knew when our coach would decide to do it.

We set off on the route and it was super hot! I looked like I had just jumped into a pool because I was so sweaty. By the time we turned onto the road of torture, my legs were burning. Just when I thought it couldn't get any worse, I noticed that our coach had set up a water station. We were allowed a break to drink water stretch, then keep going. The short break and water brought my spirits back up. It encouraged me to keep going.

Today, I learned a big lesson. Sometimes, when the work is hard, stressful, or overwhelming, you just got to believe in yourself and keep pushing through the pain. The road can relate to life a lot. We are going to have really hot, bumpy, country roads that we are going to have to go through. We can choose to give up, or we can choose to keep pushing through. Also, we are not alone! God is like the water stations along the way. Replenishing us, motivating us, and helping us out. He is also like the gust of wind, always with us, supporting us, and being there for us when we get tired.

Also, we have others there for us too! I wasn't the only person on the team running the road of torture. It was nice to have the company of other girls so that we could encourage and support each other. Like in life, there are many other people going through rough times. We all go through them. It is nice to have someone to talk to and help you out. As christians, we can always turn to our church. The members of my church are like family to me, and whenever I am struggling with something, they are always there.

Our lives aren't going to be perfect. The roads that we have to travel will have bumps. They will be hot and long, but we need to remember that this battle that we are fighting isn't an individual one. There are people in your life who would love to talk to you and help you through it. Also, most importantly, there is God. He will always and forever be there for you. He wants to support you and through these battles your relationship will grow stronger. Instead of turning away from Christ when things are rough, try turning towards him. He will welcome you in with open arms.

Remember: Live Simply, Laugh Often, Love Deeply

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