Actually, this week is pretty stressful. I am trying to get into a bunch of classes and I’m not even sure if I’ll have enough classes to be full-time! Isn’t that awful? Now I understand why people are always protesting and signing petitions whenever it concerns California’s budget cuts in education.
Rant is done… for now.
So yesterday, since it was my 25th birthday, I decided to do some kind of workout with “25”.
Treadmill: Run for 25 minutes at an easy pace (2.8 miles).
Spin bike: cycle for 25 minutes (holy moly, super sweaty!)
Treadmill: Run/walk for 25 minutes (2.55 miles). Walking was done at 4 to 5% incline. All running was at 1%.
For some reason, I was TIRED AS HECK yesterday! So I kept everything relatively easy.
I also think that my sweat sessions are helping me to deal relatively well with the stress of not getting into my needed classes. The looming idea of having to be in school for twice as long only because I can’t get into the classes I need is kind of depressing. But, man. The sweaty runs make it so much easier to not dive into a basket of chocolate and wine.
Yesterday, I was approached by three lovely girls from a local church. They were having a “Bible Talk” in the evening and they invited me out. I decided to go and was blessed by the message.
The passage was from James 1:22-25:
22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.
The speaker talked about how it’s interesting that they use a mirror for this parable. He said to imagine if we all grew up our whole lives with mirrors being those fun-house mirrors (that can make you look short or skinny or super tall). Then one day, we come across a normal mirror. Some of the reactions might be: “No, that can’t be real. I don’t believe it!” or “Hmm… that explains a lot.” or you might just laugh it off as something silly, or you might get upset.
A mirror is a way to look at yourself, at your physical reflection. The Bible should make you reflect on your heart’s condition. The condition of your mind and your soul. The state of your pursuits and concerns. When we look at ourselves using the standard of reflection from the Bible, it is sometimes possible for us to get upset or not want to believe it.
When the Bible tells us that we are not of this world, that we will suffer by taking up the cross, that we must cast down our idols (*cough MONEY cough cough*), that we must forgive our enemies, that we should put others before us… we might want to just revert back to the standards set by the world… the skewed fun-house mirrors. Those mirrors can lie to you and make you feel tall and skinny. The world’s standards will also make us want for things that are fleeting. Fame, success, popularity, money, material possessions. It says it’s totally fine for you to only do things only for yourself. The world wants your pride and selfishness to be your guide.
I found it to be a pretty interesting discussion. Hope you can take something away from it, too 🙂
I started the day off “right“:
A super sweet baked potato, and a messy two-egg scramble with two huge handfuls of spinach and one tablespoon of flaxseed oil and pepper as my “condiment”.
I’ve been trying to have a tablespoon or two of flaxseed oil everyday. Gotta get them omega-3’s, yeah?
Yesterday, I only remembered after I already ate, so I just ate a tablespoon straight up. It sounds pretty nasty to drink the oil straight… and it WAS kind of gross. Oh, well. I just thought of it like taking medicine 😛
Got some classes to go to and I’ve also got to crash another class. Hope I get in!!!
Hope you are having a wonderful Wednesday so far!