I snapped this picture this morning at the doctors office. It pretty well summarizes what I like so much about him and his office. They are laid back, very personal, yet offer the best of care. Hopefully he’ll last at least as long as I do so I won’t have to find a new one again!
I went in at 8:30 AM, turned in my 24 hour heart monitor. Waited and then had an echo cardiogram. No one told me not to eat so it took a bit longer but we got what was needed. Then after much more waiting I did the “stress” test on the treadmill.
Through the years I’ve heard a lot about how hard and strenuous this test is and I was a bit apprehensive about it since I’ve lost so much of my conditioning in the last few months. Well they’ve either lowered the standards quite a bit or I have a lot of out of shape friends – because it was a breeze!
The fastest the treadmill went was 2.5 miles an hour. Anyone in the distance walking/hiking community will tell you that speed, on flat terrain, is really slow! I mean Poky McSlowville kind of slow! I didn’t even breath hard for the 15 minutes it took, much less work up a sweat.
I need to listen to myself more often when I teach on how fear always magnifies things far beyond what they really are.
Anyway – bottom line the old heart is fine. I’m officially cleared to do what I want. So I’m keeping up the hiking to rebuild my strength and endurance. I will also be starting to diet and get rid of this 40 pounds of blubber I picked up over the last year starting January 2nd. I hope to enjoy Christmas and New Years but not too much on the food side. Then in January it’s on!
I want to say that I’m so grateful to God for allowing me to do this at this stage of my life. I know plenty of people who can’t, and by all rights I should be one of them. Most of my adult life I’ve been sedentary and overweight. Somehow through all that my heart has held up. I am a blessed man and believe me I know it and am grateful to God for it.
Thanks for your prayers and concern. Now start praying God will kick me hard in the booty and these slabs of fat will fall of starting in the new year!
I just read an article over at Christianity Today that is really excellent and makes a fantastic that applies to everyone in the Ministry or who has been trained for it. Here’s the quote:
We as trained exegetes and theologians can and should also have this posture, but honest self-reflection reveals that for most of us, our learning often creates layers of distance between us and hearing the Bible as God’s Word to us. Although it was obtained for the supposed goal of bridging the gap between us and the biblical text, our training in fact often creates in our hearts and minds an elaborate structure of paper walls and divisions that create a maze of distance between us and Scripture. Relegating meaning to the sensus historicus, obtained through the employment of an elaborate skill set, and making understanding and application secondary steps only opens the door for this deferral more widely. Instead, we can learn from our faithful mothers-in-law that to read Scripture is to seek to hear and obey God now in very practical ways. Anything less is not reading Holy Scripture according to its purpose.
His point is that over focusing on the historical, historical, language side of things we under focus on what a passage means to us right here and right now.
That’s a real issue for many of us and I find it happening to myself all too often. It’s something to be very aware of so we can make sure it isn’t happening to us. You can read the whole thing here and I hope you do.
Here’s a place I’d love to see someday. Probably won’t get there, but it would be soooo cool!
Okay, so here’s a little bit on insanity for you. I used this at the start of my sermon today. It came from a joke I did last week that got a good response. Then I started thinking about it – always a dangerous thing.
Then I starting creating this in my head – even more dangerous. And finally I googled it and found all sorts of strangeness. What’s below is the result.
Good luck with this.
Here’s all the pictures I took on my one day hike down the South Kaibab Trail and then back up Bright Angel Trail. It was quite a trip – about 11 1/2 hours hiking. Totally exhausting and totally worth it.
Just a bit of sound track at the start and then you can listen to whatever you’d like too.
I hope you enjoy.
Well I’ve finally gotten around to doing a long form video of my time on the Camino de Santiago this past September. I’ve been wanting to put something out but just never got to it – as usual!
So, I threw all the pictures into Corel’s quick video maker and then did a bit of editing and put some titles in to help make sense of it. I also took out the soundtrack because I didn’t like it and didn’t really have time to find music that YouTube would be okay with.
So now you can provide your own soundtrack but you might want to get really comfortable and have a snack on hand because this is LOOOONG! 55 minutes long! Happily you can pause it anytime you desire.
My thanks to all the souls I met along the way. Whether we spent much time together or not it was interesting to meet so many from all over the world, including Phoenix! And a special thanks to those who traveled with me for days at a time. I’ll never forget some of you that’s for sure.
Hope you enjoy!
I haven’t been putting up anything here about my gaming because I know most aren’t interested. However below you’ll find my latest video embedded because of a computer glitch and what followed.
My little laptop has been having trouble with my video recording of late. Not sure what’s going on and I hope it’s not reaching the point where I’ll need to get a new one! Yuck on that!
I’m playing a scenario the US Marine invasion and liberation of Guam. My father was a part of that battle and writes about it in his book, Once A Raider. So when the audio of the first eight or nine minutes of the video was completely unacceptable I decided to delete that part and do a voice over.
Instead of just rambling about the game I chose to read a couple of excerpts Dad wrote about his experience in the first day and evening of the battle. He played an important role in that battle for Hill 40.
If you’d like to hear a little bit about that you can listen below. If you’d like to check out the book on Amazon just click here.