At the beginning of each year, I like to reflect on what I’ve achieved over the previous 12 months. But even more so, I like getting pumped for the new year. I’m always excited about new adventures and every new year is an open door that steps right into that realm of new opportunities.
I found this image during one of my internet tours. It’s been 12 weeks since I started my challenge to run 5km in under 25 minutes. I posted 6 weeks ago when I basically reached that goal, although, I had a couple of low intensity sections in between. At that point, I also set a new goal to reach 5Km in 20 minutes.
A jobless man applied for the position of ‘office boy’ at Microsoft.
The HR manager interviewed him and gave him a test: clean the floor. The man passed with flying colors.
“You’re hired,” HR manager informed the man, “write down your e-mail address and I’ll send you the employment application form and the date you should report for work.
This song has been at the top of my playlist for the last couple days. A great tune and fantastic lyrics. Check out some of the incredible truths in this great song by Citizens & Saints, a band that was born out of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, USA. Zach Bolen, the lead singer is passionate about seeing everyone worshiping Jesus and it shows though in their latest self titled album citizens.
Citizens: Made Alive Lyrics
I once was dead in sin
Alone and hopeless.
A child of wrath I walked
Condemned in darkness.
But Your mercy brought new life
And in Your love and kindness,
Raised me up with Christ
And made me righteous.
You have bought me back
With the riches of,
Your amazing grace
And relentless love.
I’m made alive forever,
With You, life forever
By Your grace I’m saved
(By Your grace I’m saved)
Lord, You are the light,
That broke the darkness.
You satisfy my soul,
When I am heartless.
If ever I forget
My true identity,
Show me who I am,
And help me to believe.
My sin has been erased,
I’ll never be the same.
My sin has been erased,
I’ll never be the same.
[Chorus] x 2
On Sept 2nd, I started on a challenge to run 5km in under 25 minutes, a goal of running a 5 minute/km average.
I ‘m not a huge fan of exercise, least of all running so I started skating. That first week, I skated over 50km. As great as that sounds, it wasn’t the idea of getting fit that prompted the long skates. It was the fact that I couldn’t afford the tram to get into the city!
It wasn’t until 3 weeks later that I actually managed to convince myself to go for a run.
I started doing the couch to 5km fitness program using an app on my phone. The first week started with a ‘easy’ 1 minute run followed by a 1.5 minute walk. I almost passed out after 3.2km and managed a 7 minute average. A friend pointed out that she could walk with a pram faster than my best effort. How embarrassing.
It’s been 5 weeks since that first run and it’s not all doom and gloom. It’s taken a little bit of commitment but I’ve kept on running every few days.
Today, I managed to run 6 km in 30 minutes. Between start and finish, there was about 6 minutes of walking. Much better than when I first started. It works out to about 5km in 25 minutes. That’s basically reached my goal (I just need to remove the walking breaks).
I’ve set a new target to run 5km in under 20 minutes. I’m looking forward to meeting this new goal! I’ll be sure to share updates!
Are you a runner or have recently started running? I would love to hear of your experiences and running times as encouragement, motivation or a challenge.
If someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way. – 1 Peter 3:15
I remember the first time that someone asked me about my faith and I freaked out. I wasn’t sure what to say or how to explain it. As a new Christian all I had was ‘I just believe’. A powerful statement of my faith in the hope that Jesus offered but without explainable foundation.
If you’ve committed to living life under Christ, the most powerful explanation that you have is in your story. In fancy words, it’s your testimony. I’ve often asked people about their story and they’ll start with “Well, it’s not that interesting…”. Here’s the thing, in Christ, your story is powerful. Every decision you make and every challenge you overcome is testament to your life in the Father.
Each step in your journey with Christ has eternal significance. You can’t say that’s not interesting.
Sharing our hope as Christians isn’t about attacking others for the things that they’re doing wrong, it’s about understanding the shortcomings that we’ve overcome in our own lives though Christ. It’s about sharing how the love and grace of Jesus in our past experiences has redefined our eternal future.
Consider your story, how can you better share it to emphasise the impact Jesus has had in your life.
I’m a doing type of person. I see something that needs to be done and start working on it. I’m focused on Action and I’ve often said that prayer without action will never change the world. I still believe in that statement but over the last few weeks, I’ve started to realise that I’ve missed a big part of what we’re called to incorporate between prayer and action. Faith. As Christians, we’re called to commit in faith before we act. (more…)
Yesterday, I finished my last day of work up here in North West NSW. We’ve finished cotton harvest, planted our winter crop and prepped the ground for next summer. It’s the end of one of the busiest times of the year.
As I sit in front of the fire, I watch a new born lamb frolic in the back paddock and contemplate a Stephen Covey quote: “Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.”