The LIGHT

Something scary happened this morning. I slept in (9:30 am, baby! WOO!), got ready and then realized that I could not find my Garmin FR 405.

A million bajillion things went through my head before I just told myself to go to the gym. But I remember the last time I saw it… which happened to be at church.

[Sunday’s workout: 7.25 mile jog at the Campbell track after Sunday service and lunch].

Went over there and thank GOD, it was there. I think I freaked out a lot more about losing my Garmin than when I misplaced my phone.

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Yesterday’s workout:

20 minutes on the stairmaster, increasing from level 9 to 12 every five minutes.

10 minutes of arm stuff. Goodness, I have lost so much upper body strength.

60 minutes of CYCLE class at 24 Hour. This instructor was awesome. She was energetic, enthusiastic, and though she was loud, she was not obnoxiously loud. It was the perfect amount of ‘loud’.

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Today’s first workout:

30 minutes on the stairmaster. 15 minutes, increasing from level 9 to 11 every five minutes. Then 15 minutes of stairclimbing at level 10 and then going at level 16 or 17 every time it came to a chorus in songs (I had my ipod shuffle).

15 minutes of core work with a stability ball.

30 minutes on the treadmill (3.5 miles). Kept it easy. Still super sweaty.

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Today’s second workout:

Run around with Vanna (don’t know how long).

38 minutes of Insanity (Pure Cardio). Holy moly, super sweaty mang.

15 minutes of AbRipperX. Haven’t done it in a while and it burned like crazy!

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[My faith is a big part of who I am. In this life blog, I love to talk about my thoughts, joys and struggles as a Christian. Even if you do not share the same beliefs, I hope you will gain some insight into what this Christian girl goes through regularly]

[May have shared something like this in a post long ago. Can’t remember, but it never hurts to say it again]:

Hey. Did you know that in the book of John, it talks a whole lot about light and darkness?

John 1:5 “The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has no understood it.”

John 1: 7-8 “[John the Baptist] came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.”

John 3: 19- 21This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.”

John 13: 46 “I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.”

I recently finished reading the book of John… and God opened my eyes to the truth.

It’s like this… Have you ever gotten up in the middle of the night to go pee? Are you someone who will just slowly make way to the bathroom when the halls are dimly lit, feel your way to the toilet and do your business? Or do you get to the bathroom and turn on the light?

You know when you wake up and it’s dark, your eyes are pretty well adjusted to the dark. You can actually see a good amount if there is moonlight coming from the windows or your big alarm clock or a night light.

Then if you do turn on the light, it’s super blinding and you have to give your eyes some time to adjust to the light… and then everything is made very clear to see? Well I’m someone who will just go pee in the dark. I hate that uncomfortable feeling of having my eyes adjust to the light. It’s just way more comfortable to stay in the dark. Plus, I can see okay.

In this same way, many who were called by Jesus will only say we follow Him, but remain in the darkness. We’re comfortable here (in the dark), it appears that our blemishes are not visible, and our eyes are adjusted to see when we need to see in the darkness. We live our lives doing a lot of what we want to, waste time, spend on meaningless things, and justify it all because we work so hard (whether at work or school or relationships… or all of the above). Why go through breaking that comfort and turning on the light?

But Jesus came to be the light of the world (John 8:12). If he resides within us, then we are also called to be the light of the world. What will this mean sometimes? It means we will sometimes make people uncomfortable. Like it says in John 3:20, people don’t like the light because it will expose everything.

Not that anyone should call anyone else evil… but we really need to center our hearts around loving one another instead of ourselves/our possessions/our monies. Loving one another? TOUGH. It’s not about just loving the cool, funny, nice people. It’s also talking about the people who make us feel uncomfortable.. perhaps the socially awkward, the people who are rude/mean, the unhygienic, etc.

Anyways, God has challenged me to be more like Jesus through the book of John. Not easy, but I hear Him loud and clear (considering that I heard a lot of these same messages AND verses at the youth retreat last week!).

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Have you read John recently? Do you study the Bible regularly?

Who has done a two-a-day recently?

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