Archive | May, 2014


26 May

One of the most often-asked questions of my quest for fitness is “How do you stay motivated?  What helps you keep it going?”  I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately, and here is a shot at what I think helps me keep going …

1.  It all started with me finally hitting a place where I was SICK OF BEING SO BIG.  I hit an all-time high on the scale, and honestly started thinking about life and how short it might be if I continued on that track.  Life is a huge motivator.

2.  Diana and I are doing this together.  We are eating basically the same foods.  Makes it so much easier to accomplish since we have the same goals in mind.

3.  THE SCALE.  In the 75-ish pounds I have lost to this point, I have had a few setbacks, but not many.  Haven’t hit any hard walls yet, although I’ve come close.  I am finding if I stay true to the plan, eventually the roadblocks come down.

4.  CLOTHES.  It feels really good to be able to walk into a store and buy clothes off the rack THAT FIT.  Not have to order shirts or search for the shirts I like in extra huge sizes.  It is also a great feeling to try on a pair of pants I bought in March because none of my old jeans fit anymore, and now I find that they look just as bad.  And are falling off of me.  (And I am getting rid of my fat clothes this time.  NOT KEEPING THEM as a fall back, because I really do not plan to get that big again.)

5.  PEOPLE.  People notice.  Some have been encouraging me for months.  Some are just noticing.  Just this week, two different people asked me “Are you losing weight?”  My response:  “A little.”  LOVE IT!!!  All in all, it helps!

6.  I FEEL BETTER.  The more I work out, the more energy I have and the more I am able to do.

And, even if I have a big setback, I KNOW I can do this.  And I know deep down that God wants me to be in good health.  And, honestly, people are much nicer and friendlier when you weigh under a metric ton.

Philippians 4:13 (NIV)  I can do everything through him (Christ) who gives me strength.

A Hard Day turns around

19 May

Yesterday was a hard day for me.  And I KNOW other parents have done the same, but it was a first for me …  (In fact, I told my mom last night that I know how she feels when all of your kids load up within a matter of hours and go far away …)  And that is what we did:  Sent Drew to Brunswick, GA, and then three hours later saw Krissy off to go back to Clemson.  WOW….  Harder than I thought.

Krissy has been doing the Clemson thing ever since the fall of 2009 when she enrolled at Clemson.  She is now living there, graduated last year, and working on getting into PA school.  I’m kind of used to her leaving after 5 years.

Drew is another story.  He has been gone before, and even been far away, but I’ve never packed him off for an entire summer!!  So yesterday morning there was this feeling in the pit of my stomach all morning.  He left after church and drove down to begin his summer with Golden Isle Ministries.  It was a melancholy day until RA recognition service last night.  As I watched the video of their year in review, I saw pictures of RA camp.  It was the picture of our boys “sinking canoes” that brought it all back to me.  That little fellow with his buddies sinking canoes in Lake Chillywater as me and the other dads watched.  It made me think not only of Drew but about Alex Pettigrew and Matthew Andrews, who are serving down at Garden City Retreat Center (not as far away, but gone for the summer just the same).  I thought about these three young men who have been active at Ebenezer since they were babies and how they have grown up hearing about living God’s will and finding your calling.  And it hit me:  Even though I am sad about not seeing Drew every day this summer, he cannot HELP but do this.  He has been training for this moment for his entire life!!!

So … knowing that he is pursuing God’s will REALLY IS greater than feeling sad about his being gone.  Suddenly there was a peace about this I never had before.  Love how God can take even a hard day and turn it around to His glory!!

What our Honduras mission means to me …

3 May

Recently the idea has popped up that a local church doing foreign mission trips is wrong.  Some claim it is a cop out, and we have local needs that need to be addressed, too.  How does that wash with foreign mission projects??

First of all, WE DO HAVE LOCAL NEEDS.  And just as God has called people out to go and serve globally, He calls us to have an impact locally.  And if people are not stepping up to the local needs, that tells me that there are a bunch of people who are NOT listening to God.  I believe that is also true if a Christian is shouting down things that others are doing for the kingdom, just because it is not meeting a need that he or she perceives as more important.  God is big enough to meet all of the needs, and maybe some brothers and sisters need to concentrate their efforts on meeting those local needs instead of complaining about others who are listening to God and walking in other directions.  Ultimately, it is hard for us to judge anyone without knowing exactly what call God has placed in their hearts.

Back to Honduras.  I went to Honduras for the first time in July, 2012.  It was eye-opening to say the least.  And God DEFINITELY used this to move my heart in ministry!!  The things that I saw solidified our need, as a church, to continue this relationship we have with the people of La Ceiba and Limon, Honduras, and the surrounding areas.  The things that meant to most to me were seeing Ebenezerites obey and God work in such a visual way that you cannot deny His hand!!  You could literally SEE Him doing things right before our eyes.  I was also touched and blessed to be able to give away Bibles to people who had never had one of their own.  They treat them like GOLD!!

By the way, if you would like to contribute to the Bible fund, you can mail a check for whatever amount to:

Ebenezer Baptist Church, 524 S Ebenezer Road, Florence, SC  29501….  Put Honduras Bibles on the envelope and the memo line of the check!!  We get the Bibles by the case and each Bible ends up costing a little over $2.  All help is appreciated!!

ANNNNYWAY …  God has used this project to show me perspective and remind me that the North American church needs to have the kind of hunger for Him that our Central American amigos have.  I am praying for that for Ebenezer.  And if you ever have any question about the validity of that or any other mission, give it a chance before you shout it down.  Your life will NEVER be the same.