Healthy Balance

I had a good run tonight with Karen and Shelby (our only surviving dog).  I am so thankful I have finally been able to obtain a measure of balance in my life. For so long, I tended to focus on one area of my life, largely to the detriment of another…usually, my physical condition.  I would excuse myself because I always tended to be skinny growing up and I (erroneously) equated the lack of excessive fat with good health.  Now, having lost the fluff I gained from carrying that attitude into my thirties and beyond, I feel as though I’m running on at least most of my cylinders…and on the eve of my 43rd birthday, that’s saying something. 🙂

I’m realizing what a great gift health is (physical, mental, spiritual and emotional). None of it is guaranteed, none of it is a birthright and none of it is automatic. There is nothing I or anyone else did to have it (many don’t), and it could be taken away at any moment (it frequently is).  So, we are living in a way that is both wise and thankful when we take care of ourselves to the best of our ability while we can and, in the process, make sure that we’re giving God all the glory so that whether we eat or drink or whatever we do (exercise, sleep, think, dream, feel, hope, hurt, laugh), we do it all to the glory of God.

That’s the wisdom of a 42 year-old. Tomorrow it gets even better! 😉

Motivation

Ok, I’m trying to get motivated.  I’m trying to get motivated to……..I’m trying to get motivated to………………….get in shape.  There…said it.

As hard as it is for me to say it, it’s that much harder for me to do it.

I’m really starting to move into that area where I’m thinking more seriously that I should consider beginning to get in shape by exercising more.

Hmph.  This is a little tougher than I thought.

I have actually tried during this past week to move towards a pattern of exercise—a five-mile run on Tuesday and a ten-mile bike ride yesterday—I think I’m doing pretty well…for now, at least.  Getting motivated and staying motivated are usually two different things for me.  In exercise and in life.

Next week, we’re going away for several days and I’m going to try to really begin developing some good habits…exercise and eating.  It all starts with the habits.

I think we’d all love to live the romantic notion that what drives us is simply heart, emotion and passion.  I guess that can get us started, but doing the hard work of just developing habits is usually the key.  For me, at least.

I’ve found that to be the case in just about everything…even things of faith.  My relationship with Christ is stronger when I have developed a lifestyle (which comes through developing regular habits) that encourage that relationship.  It’s tough, though.

So, I’ve put it out there and expecting a little accountability to come my way.  That’s a good thing.  Feel free.  Maybe that will just push my earthly, carnal pride into getting me into shape.  Ha.  What I hope to do is keep the overall benefits in front of me so that I can begin living up to my (often neglected) God-given potential.  I’ll plan on posting some of my accomplishments and observations through the process here.

That’s all for now.

…gotta run.

Piper on the Prosperity “gospel”

The so-called “Prosperity Gospel” sells millions of books a year for it’s proponents, but it is a counterfeit gospel.  John Piper pulls no punches in telling it like it is in this compelling video. (ht: Shane Waldrop, @fuelshane)

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