Jogging Joys

Today, I had a rare chance to jog through a field. It is rare because there aren’t many public fields around where I live in Florida where I can run. (I miss the sweet farm I grew up on in Buchanan, Michigan.) The field is about to be owned by an organization that is building up housing for mentally challenged folks over 18 to live. So, until that sale is finalized I have a rare opportunity to enjoy the view of the lake there and run through the open field. It has been a blessing we have enjoyed. Soon, it will be a blessing for other people and that makes me happy also. However, I got to thinking… Why don’t we have public dirt roads or fields for runners? Running spaces are notoriously paved with asphalt or concrete or gravel (yikes) which is bad for your knees and joints after a bit. Open fields are much better for runners because there is give and you can run and run without damage or fatigue (if you’re in decent shape, that is). So, I would like to see some experimental running fields in public places somewhere and just see if more people would enjoy running and walking when it doesn’t hurt them. Maybe we can lure more folks out of their houses and into the mood boosting fresh air God made. So, running fields is the idea for public parks. Good idea? Bad idea? I would personally love it! 🙂

Flirting with Pain in Marriage: A Cautionary Tale

The bond between man and wife is precious and flammable. It is beautiful and strong when fed and promoted and extremely fragile when certain triggers are pushed. You have to communicate your needs with your mate so they know what to do and what not to do and what will destroy that bond between you. The most common destroyer is a breakdown of trust, whether through lying, cheating, abuse, manipulations, pornography, deception, flirting with someone else, etc. It is important that we communicate and share these with our mate so we don’t assume they know how to keep us and thus keep us happy with them forever. However, there is an enemy that does not need to be told what will pull you apart. This spiritual but very real enemy knows exactly what both parties have done wrong and what might tempt them again along those lines in stronger ways over time to get to a breaking point in the marriage. This enemy was there when we messed up before and knows where we are prone to mess up again. So the moral is, be on your guard all the time and don’t fall for those lies again. Do not put yourself or your relationship in jeopardy for a clearing thing that only lures and tempts and then momentarily satisfies. Invest your time and resources into the lasting, real, tangible, wholesome, purposeful relationship of your life. Don’t ever exchange what is meaningful and lasting for a stupid temporary fantasy. Don’t give up your spouse for your fleeting passions. Become passionate for your spouse instead. That is what brings happiness, peace and contentment in life and God’s blessings. It is also best for you and your health and your children.

Just My Imagination Once Again

Most of the arguments I have had in my life occur in my mind. Most of the battles I have waged, even between me and other people, have occurred not in real life but in the crevasses of my mind and the very vivid imagination God “blessed” me with. And often that wild child imagination mingles with pride of what I believe the reasoning is of myself or the other people and assumptions happen and anger responses arise and it may very well be that person believed no such thing. So, sometimes having a very busy, imaginative, creative mind is downright bad for your relational health. It can be an amazing things, as I love writing and art- painting and drawing and crafting and appreciating- and music and teaching. However, the down side is the innate ability to wage wars that don’t exist. 🙂 So, what do we do about that? I know to be true that when my prayer and devotion and Bible reading life is kept up well every day, I don’t get all crazy and assuming and prideful. I think that is the key for me. When I slip and fancy myself too busy to keep up with those things, my mind finds its own recourse and gets all wild. So, when God blesses us with busy, creative minds, our best bet is to be sure He helps us reel them in. 🙂

Side Effects of Fragility

Humans are all very fragile. The moment you deny that fact, you take away access to some degree of your humanity. You can play tough and think you are incredibly strong, but your pet dies, a friend or you are ill, a spouse cheats, whatever, and you realize the full impact of our fragility. We teeter on the edge of strength at best. It is part of our human experience. Fragility does not only happen when we are at our weakest. It happens at our strongest. Strong people still have human emotions and bad things can happen. The beauty of fragility is that it is a common denominator for all the human race. It connects us, or should. It helps us all to feel we are not alone in the world or with struggles, or it should. It produces a healthy dependence on God and faith in Him to help us, or it should. Our fragility should be able to keep us humble and in the right frame of mind to worship the Lord for His distinctive lack of fragility. He inspires us to appreciate His strength and wisdom as we travel from one obstacle to another. But knowing that in Christ we take on His strength and characteristics empowers us beyond our humanity and in to our spirit. We are then ushered with the Holy Spirit into the world of superhuman where God says that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. We are able to celebrate disrobing our fragility and putting on His strength and we are able to do that which humanity would deny the ability to do. Faith then can actually, literally move a mountain.

Check out this verse on Bible Gateway

 We do live in the world, but we do not fight in the same way the world fights.  We fight with weapons that are different from those the world uses. Our weapons have power from God that can destroy the enemy’s strong places. We destroy people’s arguments  and every proud thing that raises itself against the knowledge of God. We capture every thought and make it give up and obey Christ. – 2 Corinthians 10:3-5