On Sunday we had a family gathering at Six Flag’s Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, California. I think this might be the second time I’ve been since they moved from their old Redwood City location, now home to Oracle. It was an amazing day, and I just have to get the pictures off the digital camera to post a little trip report. Look for that later this week.
Discovery Kingdom May 31, 2009
Push Ups – Day 6 May 29, 2009
Another great week. Still getting over my shoulder and now a sinus infection – but I’m glad to be pushing through. I’ ve also made a couple of other changes to my routine: (1) I’ve also decided to start doing stretches and wall pushups on my off days – hoping that will help with the soreness; (2) I’m getting up 20 minutes earlier to do my “God time” with an electronic Bible and a glass of water – because it’s probably a better time for me to be alone with God, and because it helps me wake up and hydrate for the pushups.
Today I totalled: 122 pushups; with a max of: 30 (eh I’ve done better)
Whew, great workout, not sure why I couldn’t push through 30 today, but I know I gave it everything without hurting myself. 🙂 Off to a two day weekend, and back on the routine on Monday. Looking for at least 38 next week!
Psalm 103: 17-18
But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’s love is with those who fear him,and his righteousness with their children’s children- with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts.
Soundbiting can be very deceptive. We see it during every politically charged event, with people having their words taken out of context and then we make assumptions on what they are trying to say from a snippit. I had that feeling with this verse, and thought about how people talk about the “feat of the Lord”. So Lord loves that we fear him? Is he someone we should be afraid of? I think the key word in these two verses is children… the balance is somewhat similar to the fear that children need to have of their earthly parents.
I love my son, and don’t want him to be afraid of me, however in order to live a life within boundaries, there needs to be the understanding that I can correct and force the right way. A respect for power and authority. Children need to make right choices, but know that they’ll be corrected if they don’t.
Think of it another way, what keeps you driving on the right side of the road? The law, a common shared idea of what is right-and-wrong, fear of a ticket or an accident? But you don’t drive around being afraid of driving. You understand that their are consequences, that there is a higher authority, and if we respect that authroity, and do the right actions, there is nothing to worry about.
Let’s go back a bit further in this verse:
Push Ups – Day 5 May 27, 2009
Okay, after my shoulder problem on Monday, I woke up with some more intense stretch, and could still feel the shoulder a little bit – but I decided to push through and see how it goes. I also wanted to try to pickup where I should be, instead of where I left off.
I pulled out the chart: 20-25-15-15->25, oh boy! So I was able to do the first set with slight pain but was able to push through. The second set was a bit of a workout, and the following two sets of 15 was able as much as I could comfortably do. But the last set called for at least 25. So I tried to keep stepping it up from prior weeks, and set 35 as my goal. A bit ambitious since I almost skipped Monday and am still in slight pain and pretty exhausted. But again, I am glad that I pushed through and was barely able to complete the 35. Woo hoo! I feel great, but exhausted. Oh and did I mentioned that I’m pretty tired?
But I do not count my life of any value or dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.
I was listening to public radio yesterday and they said that one of the biggest problems that teenagers face is the sense of purpose – why I’m here, what makes me unique. What’s my purpose? Without a sense of a calling, there is little to strive for. But we know in God’s word that we have a race to run, and pursue with joy. That calling, that purpose, may not be easy, but it is worth living for.
We all need to know that there is a greater calling on our life than to simply exist. And fortunately the Lord has designed each one of us to testify the grace of God in various ways – through direct missionary work, or via our natural spheres of influence. There may be more work for us to do as well, to bring glory to His name. And we must search our these purposes for our lives, and press on towards bringing them into completion. Our responsibility is be faithful to the calling he has placed before us: nothing more or less.
Just for fun – Old Shasta May 26, 2009
My little chef May 25, 2009
This morning my little chef, Mathias, helped me in the kitchen to make breakfast this morning for the family. Actually he has helped me the last couple of days. This morning we made french toast with bacon.
Ti loves helping out by mixing the ingredients together, and the word we’ve been working on for the last couple of months is “gentle” and he’s now doing a great job. Controlled pouring is still another issues, but he’s getting better in that area too.
Mathias is great a setting up the table too, getting the syrup out of the fridge and setting the table up for where he wants everybody to sit that morning.
However, our little mister helper this morning turned the gas up the high on the bacon grill behind my back, so before we knew it, there was smoke everywhere. And you know, these nice new houses have a smoke detector everywhere. So instantly there was 6 smoke alarms going off full throttle! And it took a while to shut them all down.
Mathias was scared at first — then thrilled. 🙂