I Love America 5k and Liberty 1 Mile Fun Run

Today, I completed the I Love America 5K.  Also, Gwen completed the Liberty 1 Mile Fun Run, which was her first charity race.  Both races were sponsored by Whitesburg Christian Academy, in Huntsville, Alabama.

I was so proud of Gwen.  Completing your first charity race can be a bit nerve racking.  There a lot of things happening at the same time and it’s all brand new to you.  However, Gwen didn’t seem nervous at all, actually she took off like a pro.

She also finished like a pro.  Way to go Gwen!

Staggering to the Finish Line

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Saturday night, I participated in the “Light Up The Night 5k” charity race. Even though it was only 3 weeks after my surgery, I thought I would be fine.  I felt good that day and did well during the first mile.

However, I started getting dizzy near the 1 mile mark.  I slowed down my pace, but the dizziness just kept getting worse.

I refused to quit, so I just kept on walking.  At times, I staggered and stumbled on the road.  Moving my head or even my eyes made it worse.  Lights were also difficult and I felt like my head was spinning.

An hour had passed and I still wasn’t at the finished line.  My family was concerned, so Gwen took off in an attempt to find me.  She located me as I was turning to make the final stretch to the finish line.

I told Gwen what was going on and she offered to help.  She grabbed my hand and walked with me for the rest of the race.  I kept my head down and tried to avoid doing anything that would make me feel worse.  At times I would close my eyes and relied on Gwen to keep me from getting hurt.

We crossed the finish line and a doctor approached us.  He started to check my pulse and asked about my breathing.  I told him about my surgery and said I was just dizzy.  The doctor made sure I had a chair and hung around for a while to ensure nothing serious was going on with me.

I felt miserable that night, but I am glad I completed the race with Gwen’s help.

 

Fist 5k Charity Run – Done

I completed my first 5k (3.6 miles) charity run today.  My left leg started burning, due to shine splints after the first mile.  I ended up limping a good bit during the course and I felt nauseous after the second mile.  However, I refused to give up and I just kept moving forward.  I was determined to finish the race.

I came in last place, but I am still proud of myself.

I am ready for a nap now.   🙂

 

 

Be Good Inwardly and Outwardly (Matthew 5:21-6:4)

Yesterday, I talked about living a life of righteousness which involves more than just following a set of rules and checking off a list of requirements.  A life of righteousness comes from a pure heart.

When I read Matthew 5:21-6:4, I see that idea continuing and advice on how it should be played out in our life.

The law teaches us to not murder and it teaches an eye for an eye when seeking retribution for a wrong done to us.  However, Jesus wants more from us.  Jesus teaches us not to be hateful, angry, or insulting.  Instead, we should seek reconciliation and forgiveness.  This applies to our friends and to our enemies.

The law forbids adultery, but Jesus teaches a lustful heart is evil.  We should avoid things that lead to lust, if we want to live a righteous life and have a pure heart.

Jesus also condemned those who practice spirituality and charity to impress others.  Doing good to bolster your sense of self-pride, will not win any points with God.  Jesus wants us to do good out of a sense of love and compassion.

Living a life of righteousness is more than behaving a certain way when others can see us and it is more than just following a list of requirements.  Living a life of righteousness starts in the person’s heart and then it is demonstrated through their actions.

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John the Baptist and the Religious Leaders (Matthew 3:7-12)

The Pharisees and Sadducees went to watch John the Baptist as he was baptizing people.  When John the Baptist saw the religious leaders, he addressed them by saying:

You brood of vipers!  Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?  Bear fruit in keeping with repentance.  And do not presume to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father,’ for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children for Abraham.  Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees.  Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.  I baptize you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry.  He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.  His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and gather his wheat into the barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire. (ESV)

There are several things that struck me about the statements made by John the Baptist:

  • He spoke his mind.  John the Baptist didn’t care if the religious leaders were powerful or if they were wealthy.  He told them the truth.
  • Actions speak louder than words.  I think this is a message we all need to remember.  It’s easy to post about peace, love conquering hate, or helping your fellow man.  However, social media post will not change the world.  It takes action to change the world.
  • John the Baptist also humbled himself in his sermon.  He spoke of the coming of Jesus Christ and declared himself unworthy to even carry the shoes of the savior.

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The Fire of 1987

In 1987, on Halloween, our house was destroyed by a fire.

I was 14 years old at the time.  My brother and I spent the day, just like every other day.  We goofed around and played games.  We talked about what we were going to do that night.  It was Halloween, so we had plans for some fun activities.

We just moved into the house a week prior and nobody knew about the electrical problems in the attic.  That afternoon, two hot wires touched and set off a spark.  That spark turned into a fire.  Since there were no smoke detectors in the attic, the fire went unnoticed by me and my family.

The neighbor saw smoke and flames coming from the roof, so he ran over to our house and was frantically banging on the door.  He was yelling for us to get out of the house, because it was on fire.

All of us ran out as quickly as possible.  The fire department was called and they responded in a matter of minutes.  My brother and I sat in the front yard and watched as the firefighters battled the blaze.

I remember feeling like it was a dream.  I wasn’t upset about the situation at that time, so I guess I was just in a state of shock.

The fire destroyed most of the house.  The roof over the living room and dining room area had caved in and there was a good bit of water damage to areas that were still standing.

We stayed with relatives for a few days and then moved into a rental house.  Luckily, my parents had purchased homeowners insurance, so the house was rebuilt and a couple months later we were able to move back into our home.

I always think about that fire on Halloween.  I think about how lucky we were, since nobody was hurt.  I think about how it felt to watch our home being destroyed by a fire and not being able to do anything about it.  I think about the firefighters that battled the blaze.   I think about the people that helped us salvage some of our belongings, allowed us to use their garage to store those items, gave us a place to sleep until we could move into the retail home, and even cooked a meal for us to eat that night.

A lot of people helped us during that time.  Some of them were friends and family, but some of those people were strangers.  I appreciate what everyone did for us.  It meant a lot to me and my family.

Be a Superhero

Be a superhero by performing random acts of kindness.

  • Give compliments
  • Hold the door open
  • Tip generously
  • Be encouraging
  • Donate to charity
  • Be an organ donor
  • Plant a tree
  • Volunteer
  • Be polite

Make the world a better place and you will be a superhero.