Back in October of this year, I had the privilege of watching the Chicago Marathon.  What an inspiration.  Over 150 countries were represented and all 50 states.  Forty thousand runners of every size and shape ran through the Windy City.  Quoting the band Kutless, “Impossible is not a word it is just a reason for someone not to try.”  The athletes that ran made no excuses for their abilities or our predetermined inabilities they may have.  I witnessed men and women in wheelchairs, blind-runners, runners with missing legs and arms.

There were people running for charities to raise money and awareness for different causes.  Family members running in memory of lost loved ones.  In addition, a few people literally running for their lives as they battle sickness and disease.

As I sit back and reflect on the events of the Chicago Marathon, I wonder, “What is my excuse?”  Why do I feel I am not good enough?  Why does it sometimes seem that nothing I do matters in the scope of life.  Is anyone watching or even care?  Well yes, someone does care.  And every action we make matters whether we see it or not.  The little things we do can make a world of difference to those around us.  Even something, like running a marathon, cheering for runners, or simply cleaning the dishes without being asked.

I struggle with doing everything unto the Lord as Colossians 3:23 says.  Imagine if we had an attitude of worship when doing the simple task of life, what would happen in the BIG task of life.  Worship 24/7, do it all for HIM!




Ted Goodwin is a speaker and author of the book “Lessons from a Headache.” In June of 2009 Ted was diagnosed with a “chronic daily migraine” headache. Despite constant pain since the headache began, Ted has not allowed it to stop him from living life to the full. He lives a life that is active, rewarding and full of joy. He diligently trained for and completed his first marathon in September 2010, despite the migraine.

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  1. Ted, you DO make a huge difference. I am always inspired by your knowledge and timeliness of sharing things and your beautiful servant’s heart. Everything DOES matter – and it was YOU that taught me this! I am truly blessed to be your spouse and honored to have the time we spend together, from watching you play with the kitty to hosting at the service to the messages you deliver to the churches. You matter to me and God has changed my life through your words of inspiration and hope and humor.

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