Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Hurtin' for Certain
Yesterday just completely tapped out my legs. After a bike ride on Sat and a run on Sun with another bike ride on Sun, I decided to hit my legs hard with deadlifts and squats yesterday followed by hill repeats. The only thing these legs are doing today is stretching! I've got some serious muscle soreness going on!
I've decided to get in some early a.m. workouts on my street. I live halfway up a killer hill that is perfect for hill repeats for running and biking. I did running (well walking and jogging) yesterday and got in 6 laps in 30 minutes. Thursday I plan to do it on the bike.
I just realized I never came back and answered the QTC for Day 5.
First, I loved the quote by Anias Nin: We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are.
This is so true in my own life of always needing to be right. Always thinking that my way is the right way - it makes sense why I always feel wronged by people...I'm not seeing things as they are, I am seeing them only from my perception.
QTC for Day 5: What happened to me recently that I now realize was a test from God? I can think of several. One is a loss of income and how I handled our finances after that.
What are the greatest matters God has entrusted to me? Steve and Jack and Mai. I started to list more things, but really, these are the three that I think I am supposed to be focusing on.
Day 6 Life Is A Temporary Assignment
I loved this chapter!! It really made it pretty crystal clear, didn't it? What I love about bible studies is that you can read different verses and chapters of the bible, or the bible all the way through and you don't always catch the significance of certain words or phrases like "The bible uses terms like alien, pilgrim, foreigner, stranger, visitor, and traveler to describe our brief stay on Earth." Look at all those words that tell us emphatically that this is NOT our home, we are visitors here. "Friends, this world is not your home, so don't make yourselves cozy in it. Don't indulge your ego at the expense of your soul"
I was particulary interested in the paragraphs on P49-50
"Compared with other centuries, life has never been easier for much of the Western world. We are constantly entertained, amused, and catered to. With all the fascinating attractions, mesmerizing media, and enjoyable experiences available today, it's easy to forget that the pursuit of happiness is not what life is about. Only as we remember tht life is a test, a trust, and a temporary assignment will the appeal of these things lose their grip on our lives. We are preparing for something even better. "The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can't see now will last forever."
The fact that earth is not our ultimate home explains why, as followers of Jesus, we experience difficulty, sorrow, and rejection in this world. It also explains why some of God's promises seem unfulfilled, some prayers seem unanswered, and some circumstances seem unfair. This is not the end of the story.
In order to keep us from become too attached to earth, God allows us to feel a significant amount of discontent and dissatisfaction in life - longings that will never be fulfilled on this side of eternity. We're not completely happy here because we're not supposed to be! Earth is not our final home; we were created for something much better."
You will not be in heaven two seconds before you cry out, "Why did I place so much importance on things that were so temporary? What was I thinking? Why did I waste so much time, energy, and concern on what wasn't going to last?"
When life gets tough, when you're overwhelmed with doubt, or when you wonder if living for Christ is worth the effort, remember that you are not home yet. At death you won't leave home - you'll go home.
LOVED THIS CHAPTER!!
DAY 6 QTC: How should the fact that life on earth is just a temporary assignement change the way I am living right now?
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