Monday, March 13, 2017

It Hurts

Why do we exercise?  Why do we eat right?

For the benefits.  The benefits only come through the uncomfortable moments.

I hate that and so do you.

I don't like doing sit ups or walking more or riding a stationary bike for an hour.

I DO like being able to fit into my clothes and having more energy.

That makes me happy.

The weird part of life is that you have to do unhappy things to be happy.

I want to share this video with you.

It's inspirational.  It has Arnold the Terminator in it.

I think you'll get some important lessons out of it.


Sunday, March 5, 2017

Curiosity.




Here's some things that Jesus never said.

"Like me on Facebook and I'll send a blessing your way."

Nope, never said it.  (I looked.)

He didn't say this either...""I just got a great deal on car insurance!"

They did not have cars back then!  They had donkeys and camels!

Both of which stunk badly but were great modes of transportation!

I'm pretty sure insurance companies did not exist then either.

Here's the BIG one I want to focus on...

Jesus never said "You guys ask too many questions."

Jesus never once brushed off anyone who had an honest question.

They all walked away with a response.

It may not often have been the one they were looking for, (It often wasn't.) but it was an answer.

Jesus wasn't arrogant or narcissistic.

He was here on the earth to give His life for US, and He did just that.

Curiosity is built into us, if it wasn't, we would not have ever done things like go to the moon.

We would have never discovered electricity, sailed the oceans or created Caramilk Bars.

We ask questions, we desire knowledge, we want answers.

It's OK to ask questions.  It's OK to question why things happen.

There was only one time I saw in scripture where Jesus gave a non-answer.

The guys asked him about the restoration of the nation of Israel.

Acts 1:7 - It's not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by His own authority.

Ummm...OK.

Can you give us a hint?

He did!  There are all kinds, but that's another topic.

Keep asking questions.  Trust God will give you the answers.

PEACE





Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Now Things Are Getting Weird...




In May of 2015 I made a decision to get my health in order.

I looked at my physique and was dissatisfied with what I saw.

I took action in the form of riding my bike and eating less.

As the results started to become evident, I got more excited about what I was doing.

I increased the amount of physical activity I did and paid closer attention to my food intake.

It's 2017 and I am really close to my goal weight and fitness level.

I have lost almost 50lbs and I feel great.

You would think that I would be satisfied...but no!

Something crazy is happening to me!

I have signed up for two fitness events this year!

My wife and I are doing the Toronto Zoo 5k run in September!

In August...get this...we are doing Tough Mudder in Coldwater!

My son and daughter are going to join us!

This is getting crazy!  I never dreamed I would do things like this!

Be aware that when you set goals and move towards them, many other things begin to happen!

I hope I survive!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Work At It



I have been thinking a lot lately about the subject of work.

We all have to work at something.

You work everyday weather you think you are or not.  The issue is do you LIKE what you do?

I think of people that live a life of crime.  They do what they do to avoid the things they HAVE to do.

There is no avoiding responsibility in life.  You have to realize that there are no free rides.

It's you against everyone else.

I have heard it said that if you don't have a plan for your life, some one else does.

It's so true.

You are just a commodity to the world at large.

You life can only realistically matter to a certain amount of people.

God gives greater influence to some people who can be trusted with it.

Not everyone can handle fame.

I was thinking about work because I had the idea that ALL work will yield results.

Hard work ALWAYS pays off.  Therefore, it's important what you expend your energy doing.

Work at developing your character.  That will take you far in life.

Work at keeping your friends.  They are a worth the investment, we need friends.

Work at improving your understanding of the world.  Ignorance sucks.

Work at knowing personality types.  You can avoid unnecessary conflict and heartache.

Work at understanding money.  Poverty sucks.

Work at pushing yourself further.  Being comfortable should only last a little while.

Finally, work at love.  It's never what you think it is.  It's better.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Thingy


Have you ever wondered why God has so many names?

Seriously, if you study the bible you know that God himself has many different titles.

That would drive me crazy if it was me!  One name is enough, thank you!

I think I may know why this is so.

When you need something to complete a task, but forget what the name of it is, what do you do?

You say to your assistant (if you have one) "Pass me that thingy."

Other names are "whatchamacallit" "widget" and "whoozit".

If you want the translation, it's roughly "Get me the object that gets the job done in the best way possible".

The project will be stalled until the item is delivered to your eagerly awaiting hand.

We know we need something, but we are not always sure what the thing is.

God's names are like that.

We need a Savior.  His name is Jesus.

We need a provider, he has a Hebrew name for that.  (I can't spell or say it properly so I won't bother trying to impress you!)

He is what you need.  He has a name for it.

All you have to do is hold out your hand and ask...

Monday, December 19, 2016

Winter? I'll pass...



It's a Sunday afternoon and you are wondering what you can do for fun...how about shoveling snow!

Wow!  What a fantastic idea!

About as fantastic as hearing "Christmas Shoes" 70 times in two weeks!

Of course, shoveling snow is no fun at all.  Is it supposed to be?  No.  It's supposed to be hard, sweaty, terrible drudgery, just like the rest of winter.

Winter is like the earth reminding us just who works for who.

It says "I'm gonna drop a bunch of this stuff on the ground randomly, and I expect you to pick it up and move it to another place, for no other reason than because it's in your way.  Oh, and your going to play in it and your going to like it!  You better write songs about how much you like it!  I also want you to make pretend people out of it, and dress them in top hats and scarves!"

"Yes, sir, Mister Winter ,sir!  Whatever you say!"

What choice do we have?

For like 5 months in Canada we become slaves to the weather.

It defines what we do, when we do it and for how long.

Winter also affects the mind in funny ways.

It erases the area of the brain that learned how to drive an automobile responsibly.

I think that portion of the gray matter suffers from frostbite once snow begins to fill the air.  "How do I use the signal again?  Why do I have to clean off my lights and back window?  Why do I have to follow a safe distance and slow down?"

I know Canadians are supposed to be big fans of winter sports.  Ironically, winter affects the playing of winter sports.  I don't remember how many times the buses for school would be cancelled due to snow, yet we found a way to drive to the rink to take our kids to hockey practice.  Not many kids missed it.

Also, I suffer from "winter face".  It's a seasonal disorder of the expression of your face.  It's recognizable by the squinted eyes and gritted teeth.  Also the red cheeks and nose.  Your features get semi-frozen into a look that says "I hate everything right now!"  It's a very sad condition, the only cure is a warm fire and some hot apple cider.

When will it all be over?

March?

No.  March is the month where our spring hopes get dashed by a sudden blizzard and everyone's brain freezes again.

April?

No.  April is the month where we shovel the remaining March snow onto the road to try and melt it away.  April is the time for mud and salt debris to be splashed endlessly on our vehicles, causing mile-long lineups at the car wash.

Once in a while I tell my self to just relax and embrace winter.

I talk to myself in soothing tones and wonder if I should buy a snowmobile or invest in some ice skates or skis.

Then I shake my head and come back to reality.  I don't want to do any of those things!

I want to stay inside and hide till the first robin of spring can be heard pecking the frozen ground for a worm that's still encased in permafrost.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Blah!


How do you snap out of a bad mood?

Yesterday I was in a funk.  Not just because it was a Monday, it felt deeper than that.

We had a busy weekend, filled with a lot more activity than usual and I felt I was OK going to bed Sunday night.  Then in the morning I just felt "off".

All day I struggled just to really CARE about anything.

I'm older and wiser, so I know these feelings pass eventually, but I was used to a few hours or half the day...but ALL DAY?

I just could not bring myself to a place of clarity, so I chalked it up to being tired and needing some sleep.  I knew that if it lasted a second day, there could be an issue either physically or mentally.

Well, I am happy to say that it's Tuesday and things are sort of back to normal.

Am I missing a trick here somewhere?  Should I have done something to lift my spirits?

I am sure there are going to be many days when we feel spent and apathetic and there are no real reasons to feel that way.

It seems like feelings are made to be experienced, but not a guide for life ultimately.

If I was to follow my feeling on a lot of things, I think my life would be very different.

I am thankful for God.  He's constant.  He never changes.  That gives us hope doesn't it?