Sunday, April 30, 2006

Finding your cow pasture

I've learned in the past while that many people who are very healthy (I know physically and I'm pretty sure mentally too) are all about eastern mysticism, zen buddhism and the like. They speak of mindfulness and breathing techniques. I have a friend who is getting a Ph.D in clinical psychology and has found that there are many Christians who are more depressed than their non-christian counterparts (this testing has something to do with alcohol, and I can explain more later with his permission). The point is that there are a great deal of mental health issues within Christianity. This has to do with a number of things I think: Stigma attached with certain behaviors, trying to live up to a perceived super-christian standard, or myriad other particulars.

I heard a smart guy speak one time about how he stayed sane. His wife had been killed in a highway accident about a year earlier when a car came over the median and collided with head on with hers. He said he had to take time and go out to a cow pasture with high grass and just lay there. He would let all of the thoughts in his head work through his head and just wait until his brain was empty of the thoughts of his day and week. Then he would start listening for God.

We were created and told to take breaks, to rest, to commune with family, nature, and God. We often don't do these things and then say God or our faith is failing us. God has given us and continues to give us all that we need. We need to slow down, take deep breaths and process our day. We need to get outside and exercise. In short we need to find our cow pasture.

What is yours and when was the last time you were there? What do you think will happen if you go there? What is out there?

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Testing the Limits of the human heart and then? Sabbath

In a couple of days I'll have completed 7 years of schooling, well over 200 hours of credit, attaining 3 degrees along the way and the first of a couple professional certifications. I've had to dig deep many a night and battle off sleep, push beyond my given limitations to achieve difficult things. However, I'm looking forward to a normal schedule (if only for a while), and some good solid marathon training with plenty of sleep. ahhhh

While most people think I'm crazy and driven, I simply think total surrender is the only way to live a good life.

There's some inherent ambivalence in that statement when it comes to our lives. Of course, times where we make mistakes or settle. But we press on.

I can't understand or explain many things in this life. But at some point I believe there will be a respite from the storm, a sleep for the weary, and peace for the chaos. That's what we're all searching for right? How do you get there?

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Asics, Speed Workouts and Freedom

Check out the Asics club pictured here at the Dunbar High track. Jon and Joshua kicking the GT-2110's and yours truly with those shiny red DS-Trainers. It was fun to push it a little bit today.

Running blog moment for the weekend: 4x800 m with a recovery lap inbetween each. Shua and myself are trying to keep each 800 under 3min, 10sec and build up to increase our VO2 max potential.

Myself and Shua have both been asked about the craziness of doing a marathon, and someone even proof-texted 1 Tim. 4:8 to me and said "of little value." (Read on). I decided I'd read the rest of the chapter as proof-texting is often a very personalized science to make one's point with no regard for the truth or purpose of the scripture. Naturally, I didn't feel too bad about punishing my body to bring it into submission in place of watching TV and eating chips, so read 1 Tim. 4 (because I'm not going to type the whole thing). It would seem that Paul is writing Timothy to inform him that people will always want to start imposing laws on others and tabbing it "righteousness." But he writes in v. 4: "For Everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving. Because it is consecrated by the word of God and Prayer." Now maybe I'm stretching this (if you think so, please tell me), but I see being able to run now, and get out in nature, and establish new friendships with people as blessings from God.

This is the beauty of the new covenant. It came and was put into practice because the old covenant was weak and useless (see Hebrews 7 if you don't believe me {v.18 and surrounding}) because it became regulations and laws, perpetual sacrifice. Christ (our high priest in the order of Melchizedek) has already sacrificed and therefore does not need to continue the ritual. This is the hope we have. This is the freedom we have: We are crucified with Christ already and daily, but do not allow Satan (or people espousing knowledge) to crucify you. Live in the freedom and knowledge that you are a Child of God. You already have your place as a son or daughter. Simply live in that truth and obey God. Seek to know him more deeply, seek to love his heart and break with the things that break his. In essence, live an abundant life and glorify God with it. 'Nuff said

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Joy of the Morning Run

So when the alarm goes off at 5:45 am, I think "Oh man I don't want to go to work." Then I slog around in my bed for a few minutes contemplating how I could get out of it. And then the realization hits..."You're going running this morning; a nice long easy 11." I rolled out of bed with a smile on my face.

Love the Countryside! God is Good

Update: ya we thought we were going to run 11. We ran 13, and let me tell you, the last two hills were tough on the way out and coming back. Good times though.