I'll start this one boldly...I believe in God. Not The Force or some great spirit in the sky that is within all of us or a god of many forms that permeates all religions. No. I believe in the God that put himself into the human form of a baby on a rescue mission to reunite us with God, the Father. Once we humans killed that man on a cross, he went up to Heaven to be with his Father and sent back down a Holy Spirit to guide all of us, if we simply accept him.
When we feel something leading us one way or another, some may call it coincidence, or intuition or the dreaded "...things happen for a reason...". I think that is the Holy Spirit guiding us. God's subtle messenger.
I hope I haven't lost anyone yet.
My point is that I am receiving the signs again that I have to get serious about improving my health and fitness. I don't think it is coincidental. I think it is a whisper from God and I'd be an idiot to ignore it. It's happened before and it's happening again.
- Some of you have checked in on me, making sure I was okay. Much appreciated. The family is great, work is good and all is well. Just busy with family life, so less time for blogging. Also, I don't blog when I am inactive.
- Two friends asked me simply if I was riding my bike much. Enough said.
- My friend Chris has three kids and a wife (like me), is in my industry and is my age. Next month, he'll run 100 miles in the Zion 100 Trail Run. He's done it several times before. I've been advised to not even pursue another 10k with my long-term back injury, but I can certainly do anything on a bike if I train for it.
- My weight has crept up a little bit and I am shaping my kids' behavior. I need to show them that we can all overcome bad habits.
- Thank you Deb for the hello!
- To GRB, who commented yesterday: Nice to hear from you. I have never been athletic and rarely saw the point of it. I am reasonably active, but who would want to run for miles unless they were being chased? For us non-athletes out there, we may find that we run, bike or swim simply so that we can stave off the 5-pound per year gain that happens in many North Americans over the age of 40. 10 minutes a day is the least any of us should do, including me. I'll commit to 20 minutes minimum x 5 days per week. I'll update regularly. Feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to communicate that way.
P.S. All Christians are not the kind you see on tv and we do not watch Pat Robertson or listen to Rush Limbaugh. I drink, I sometimes swear, I eat too much, I loved Django Unchained, I have gay friends, I go to church every Sunday and I am a very sinful Christian man. That is why I am so glad that God sent his Son to remove my sins whenever I ask.