What I was thinking while at the gym

Here are a couple of the many random thoughts I was thinking while at the gym:

#1 I want my looks to be the last thing that walks in the door with me, because for sure they’ll be the first to leave!
What I mean – depending on looks is so dangerous. Good looks are temporary, at best. (Not claiming to be particularly blessed in that area! Just referring to a preoccupation with image). Your character stays with you always. I rather my integrity and character open doors for me.

#2 Men, love your wives. A lot. It will give them inner beauty.

What I mean – 1st Corinthians 13 says love is patient, kind, not jealous or rude, not willful, not cranky, and doesn’t keep score, among other things. When you love her, you make her feel confident and beautiful. Which has its benefits (some of which you may enjoy).

(Below, footnotes that are longer than the post!)

** Re. the depending on looks thing, that’s deserving of its own post. For sure. Sometime soon. Meanwhile, you can read Ecclesiastes. J/k. (Sort of!). I know some of you will strongly disagree with me on this. Should be an interesting discussion!

** Re. the being loving thing, (this is for all of us) it’s not optional if you’re a Christ-follower. It’s “permission to play” (as Pat Lencioni would say) – the most basic thing in our lives. This is an area of constant struggle for me, but I don’t get to say, “I’m an Irish/Latin blend so I am hot-headed, deal with it!”

You Want Custom Made?

We all like custom made items. We’ll pay a premium for them. I think we all have a lot more “custom made” in our lives than we realize! It’s been on my mind.

Custom Made Snowflakes
Peter and I celebrated my 21st birthday in Norway. We’d gone for a picnic in the woods, and snowflakes started fluttering down. Peter’s first snowfall! Not just any flakes, though, custom made. They were perfection, like six-pointed stars, and fell on our fingertips like confetti. Magical!

Custom Made People
God brought some very custom made people into my life to teach me leadership. George Verwer taught me to run after ministry “fanatically.” Frank Dietz (my papa Frank) taught me all about fierce and determined leadership (“if the Lord doesn’t go with, we won’t go!”). Mr. and Mrs. Aziel Jones taught me about raising a ministry family.

My first pastor, John Burley, trained me to do home visitations while I was still a teenager. He also taught me how to “just sit and think about God.” (One of my all time favorite concepts and pastimes!). When I was 23 I was the only female sitting on several national pastors’ committees (in a Latin country, nonetheless. Definitely custom made!). I had to time and again boldly go where no woman had gone before, and deal with some pretty intense attitudes!  Etc. etc. etc.!

Custom Made Training
And here we are. For me (confession, I feel ageless!), it has been 29 years in ministry! Yikes. I am soo thankful for the leadership training God took me through early on. He helped Peter and me accomplish some pretty amazing things! I am thrilled about all the on-going adventures we are living.

And, along with our everyday adventures, I am blessed to work with and mentor some younger women. I believe that for each and every person (that would include you!), God designs a custom made training program. What a blessing to watch those we love grow and learn.

Custom You!
So squeeze the last bit of juice out of every adventure you face. (It’s a Spanish saying I love, don’t know if it translates well – “saquele el jugo”). Life is very much custom made.

** Disclaimer – this post triggered by excessive reminiscing associated with a recently celebrated birthday!