Friday, April 30, 2010

Salt of the earth

You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men.
Matthew 5:13

Salt does three things:
  • Salt preserves--As a Christian I am to maintain and continue to grow in my faith in Christ.
  • Salt creates--Through my words and actions, I strive to make people want to know God.
  • Salt cleanses--I fail sometimes, and through Jesus Christ, I am purified and refined. I must admit that I am wrong, and seek help. God is always gracious and merciful!
How are you maintaining and growing your faith in Christ? How do you make people want to know God in a more and real way? Are you confessing your sins to God and returning to Him, when you fail?

Wednesday, April 28, 2010


11And He said, "A man had two sons.12"The younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give me the share of the estate that falls to me ' So he divided his wealth between them.13"And not many days later, the younger son gathered everything together and went on a journey into a distant country, and there he squandered his estate with loose living 14"Now when he had spent everything, a severe famine occurred in that country, and he began to be impoverished.

15"So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. 16"And he would have gladly filled his stomach with the pods that the swine were eating, and no one was giving anything to him.

17"But when he came to his senses, he said, 'How many of my father's hired men have more than enough bread, but I am dying here with hunger! 18'I will get up and go to my father, and will say to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight; 19I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me as one of your hired men."'

20"So he got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.21"And the son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.'

22"But the father said to his slaves, 'Quickly bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet; 23and bring the fattened calf, kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; 24for this son of mine was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.' And they began to celebrate.

25"Now his older son was in the field, and when he came and approached the house, he heard music and dancing. 26"And he summoned one of the servants and began inquiring what these things could be. 27"And he said to him, 'Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has received him back safe and sound.' 28"But he became angry and was not willing to go in; and his father came out and began pleading with him.

29"But he answered and said to his father, 'Look! For so many years I have been serving you and I have never neglected a command of yours; and yet you have never given me a young goat, so that I might celebrate with my friends; 30but when this son of yours came, who has devoured your wealth with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him.' 31"And he said to him, 'Son, you have always been with me, and all that is mine is yours. 32'But we had to celebrate and rejoice, for this brother of yours was dead and has begun to live, and was lost and has been found.'"

Luke 15: 11-32

Sometimes I fail, and that's why I love Luke 5:11-32, and the book of Mark. In terms of math...
Failure ≠ Lack of usefulness
You can fail and still be useful!

What particularly sticks out to me is in vs 18--the man admits that he has sinned, he failed, he wants to be better, and needs help. The response to this mans humbleness is overwhelmingly gracious and merciful.

I love David's prayer in Psalm 25:16-18.

Turn to me and be gracious to me,
For I am lonely and afflicted.
The troubles of my heart are enlarged;
Bring me out of my distresses.
Look upon my affliction and my trouble,
And forgive all my sins.

David gets it! :) He is admitting that he's failed, and is asking for help! When you fail, are you going back and asking for help, admitting that you were wrong, or do you try to hide it and cover it up?

Monday, April 26, 2010

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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Race for the Least of These and King Williams Parade

Distance: 10K (6.2138 mi)
Goal Time: 58 minutes (9:20 min/mi)
Actual Time: 00:57:42 (09:17 min/mi)
5K Split: 00:27:42 (08:54 min/mi)
19/29 racers total
06/11 women
2nd finisher in my bracket

I had a long run Friday morning--a nice 10 mile jaunt. And then Saturday, was this 10K race. I enjoyed Race for the Least of These, as it was small, and a nice stroll through McAllister Park. We had hail Friday night/Saturday morning, therefore, I was extra tired, and the ground was wet. I'm not a fan of running through mud, but that's okay. In fact, I had washed the car Friday, so I was bummed that it dirtied so fast! Ah well.
  • Mile 1ish: I was surprised how good I felt.
  • Mile 2ish: I wonder how I'll feel at the end of this!?
  • Mile 2 1/2 ish: I saw Coach and he cheered me on, that was fabulous! I felt good, no, make that I felt great!
  • Mile 3ish: Whoa, I'm almost done with the first 5K!
  • 5K Split: I cannot believe I finished the 5K in 27:42. That's better than my last 5K. Maybe that's not so good, I have another 5K to go. I sure am happy with that 5K split time. I'm thirsty. So...just ahead I stopped and drank that water that was available to me.
  • Mile 4: I need to slow down my pace a tad, it ended up being from from 8:54/mi to 9:39/mi...oh well. Over time I will learn how to pace myself properly.
  • Mile 5: I'm almost done. This is nice.
  • Mile 5 1/2: I passed a 5K runner and cheered her on! I was excited that she made the choice to do this fun run and finish! She did not give up. After I cheered her on, she in turn cheered me on. I was pleasantly surprised.
  • Mile 6: Whoa, this is practically over.
  • Finish line: Yay! I finished in under 58 goal time.
Overall the six miles went by relatively fast, and there wasn't too much going through my head. I was kind of surprised when I was finished. The 10k'ers simply ran the 5k loop twice.

After the race, I went home, so that I could meet up with some friends and drive down to King William area, to celebrate one of the 2010 Fiesta events--King William Parade and Fair. I thoroughly enjoyed my time, watching the parade, browsing the vendors arts and crafts, listening to music, and spending time with great people from church!

Sara and myself.

Steven and myself.