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A spiritually minded man remembers that all things work together for good to those who love God. He looks at life as one large picture—not just the small parts.

Pastor Bill

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PUSHUPS

A while back I was going through some boxes stored in our garage when I stumbled onto some paperwork that I had received in the mail during the late winter of 1964. I had been accepted for employment as a smokejumper in McCall, ID, and the paperwork, now yellowed from 50 years of lying in a box, informed me of preparations I needed to make before summer arrived.

The print on the paper, obviously originating from a typewriter, informed me that I would be subjected to a rigorous training program at the beginning of the summer season. There would not be sufficient time to prepare me physically for this program after reporting for training, therefore, I needed to get prepared beforehand.

The instructions then stated I must do a series of exercises and achieve at least a 70% score to pass, or I could not begin smokejumper training. In other words, anything less than the number required lowered your score, but you still passed if the overall total was at least 70%. The list of required exercises was then stated:

· Pushups 40

· Chin-ups 10

· Rope Climb 15 feet (You had to start from a standing position with your arms raised over your head and climb 15 feet up the rope without using your feet or legs.)

· Squat Thrusts 45

Following those exercises were three other items that were required—period. If you failed to complete any of the three you would be washed out. They included the following:

· Side Straddle Hop 100 in two minutes.

· Rocking Chair 45 in two minutes.

· One-half mile run 3 minutes and 15 seconds.

All of these exercises had to be completed while wearing the heavy jump boots, except for the run. You could wear any type of shoes for that.

As a young man, in good health and pretty decent shape physically, I still knew I was going to have to get to work and prepare for the coming summer. I would have to practice all of these exercises and reach a point where I knew I could pass the tests without fail.

Preparedness and training are spoken of several times throughout the Bible. In the Apostle Paul’s letter to the young man, Timothy, he reminded him that, “Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.”

Paul stated it well. I am around people who go to great lengths to exercise and do their best to get themselves, or keep themselves in top physical shape. Yet, they do nothing when it comes to Christianity and those things that really count in the end.

I had walked into our garage feeling in pretty decent shape. After looking at that list of exercises, I walked out feeling quite old. I realized that nowadays, exercise for me is a brisk mile or mile and a half walk early in the morning. My doctor says I need to walk, and often. I enjoy getting out in the fresh air, but there are days I would just as soon keep my recliner in a comfortable position. Exercising just takes so much effort!

But I can still consistently exercise my mind as I read God’s Word, the Bible, and his instructions for life that he has provided us. That is exercise and training you just can’t beat!

Prayer: Father, thank you for providing us with the Bible; your Word to us. Thank you that it can be described as Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth! Thank, you, Lord! In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.

Pastor Bill

 

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996, 2004. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.

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A spiritually minded man always sees God in his fellow man. Our spirituality can be characterized by the manner in which we look at our fellow man and know that Christ gave his life for them, He loves them, and we need to speak well of them.

Pastor Bill

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You can’t be in good relationship with God if your relationship with someone else is on the outs.

Pastor Bill

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“. . . And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”

(The Book of Esther 4:14b, Old Testament, NIV)

Pastor Bill

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We cannot run at full stride if we are always looking back over our shoulders.

Pastor Bill

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Too many people talk themselves into “littleness.” They see themselves as useless, without any gifts, skills or talents that can be used by God, or for Him. If you are a person like that and God spoke to you and said, “I don’t care what you have or don’t have. I just want to use what you DO have. Will you let me?”

What would your answer be? What IS your answer?

Pastor Bill

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