Friday, March 13, 2009


I'm back.  No more "lessons from running" for awhile - instead, I've got a series titled "Lessons from Snorkeling."  Lesson #1: when it's cold and raining and windy, and you go snorkeling, you will be very cold when you get out of the water.  Where's the spiritual implication?  I haven't the foggiest...

Just got back a day ago from 10 days in least it was supposed to be paradise.  We were in Maui; just my wife and I.  We had anticipated this vacation for months.  It was both everything we were hoping, and frustrating both at the same time.  We shared new experiences, new things, did plenty of snorkeling, eating, walking, escaping - and yet, it was some of the worst weather in Maui in recent history, combined with the fact I got sick the 2nd day we were there, and didn't get "well" for about 5 days thereafter.  It was a challenge for me, to not give in to the "frustrations" but instead to focus on the positives.  Both Julie and I made a commitment that we were not going to let weather or sickness mandate our vacation - and we didn't.

Reminds me of a Scripture passage - "Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. 2Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things." (Colossians 3:1-2)

I know I'm taking a little bit of liberty with the context of this passage, but it really is true - where you dwell in your mind is often where your heart will follow.  We had many times where we almost gave in to the frustrating aspects of our vacation, but usually we caught ourselves, and would turn our "minds" and "thoughts" to the blessings. The facts were, we were in Maui, together, and anyone in Bellingham would have gladly traded places with us.  The weather also inspired us to do new things, which we did.

So it is in life - when the trials and hits are coming hard and fast, when sickness or stress seems about to overwhelm you, it is even more imperative that you take control of your thoughts and turn them upwards.

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