Excerpted from Running With Joy:
People often ask me about the message I want to bring to the running community and the world. My message is not that if you dream, live a focused life, and completely devote yourself to becoming the best runner in the world, it will happen. That message is simply not true. Or rather, it can only be true for one person at a time—the best runner in the world.
Let me assure you, I would never want to discourage you from going after your goals with all your heart. I am all about going after whatever God has called you to do with everything in you. But my heart broke when I looked down the starting line at the Olympic games and realized that nearly all of us would be disappointed with our performance, because only three guys could make it on the podium.
But all of us, fast and slow alike, can experience something that is just as sweet as winning. My message is that even if you don’t land on the podium or run a personal best, even if you have a bad workout or are struggling with an injury, you can experience joy to the fullest. I had been a slave—a slave to my running times and race results—but I’ve found freedom in the truth that joy is always available to us. The question is, will we let it in?