I mentioned I’d be tweaking my playlist as I determine the best order. This morning I decided that this song should be first. It’s 3.5 MPH, long stride song and better for a warmup than The Pretenders.
Although repetitive (those who know me well know I can’t stand things that are too repetitive) it’s familiar bass-line provides a good strong beat to get started. Released in 1975, this song got a lot of airplay through the 80’s when I was growing up. Even today I find that most kids know this song. Though the lyrics and the meaning behind the song are perhaps not the best influence for our daughters (funny how your perspective changes when you have daughters), no one can deny that part of our culture. Everybody’s looking for something…
Today was a day I really would have preferred to stay in bed. I briefly thought about it but the good angel on my shoulder outweighed that bad one and I reminded myself of the goal.
My purpose in this journey is to be an accountability partner for my friend, to work right along side her and encourage her on her fitness journey, knowing full well that I will reap enormous benefits as well. I’ve got to keep my mind on the big picture even when I don’t like the little one.
As I put my Brook’s on today, it felt like one of the early days in my junior high track career where I hated the jog, but as I put the playlist on and the earbuds in, I was transformed. This brings me to the verse that I thought of as I cooled down from my workout. We can renew our physical bodies by making conscious choices, and we can do the same for our minds. As I mold my body to what I want it to be, I pray that can mold my mind to what God wants it to be. He provides a great way for us to do this by studying His word, the Bible.
Last night, at our weekly gathering of youth students (for which I am a mentor), we talked about when the Angel appeared to Mary to let her know that she would be having the baby Jesus – and she had never been with a man. We talked about how she was completely obedient to God – a completely open vessel to do what God asked her to do. Although I’m sure there were cultural implications of being with child out of wedlock (and the kids did talk about how awkward it would have been for Mary to tell her parents…) Mary never hesitated in obedience to God. She could have focused on the impact to her personally, but instead, she chose to focus on the bigger picture. It’s important to keep the big picture in mind so that we don’t get caught in the minutia of life. I’ve said it before, and I’ll probably say it again – the story is so much bigger than me. Praying for all of you today – that you would begin to see your part in His story as you work toward renewing your body, mind, and soul.
As we move forward in changing things in our lives, it’s always good to reflect from where we’ve come. Below is a snapshot of my miles. (Yes, I’ve also taken baseline weight and physical measurements in order to mark progress there as well, but I will not be sharing those just yet… ;-).
Progress to date: 7.5 miles in to a 1,000 mile journey. That’s 7.5 miles further than I was at this time last week.
Blessings to you all, my friends as you have blessed me by being a part of my journey,
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