Archive for January, 2010

Sometimes you need to train the soul

Posted in Endurance on January 30, 2010 by gregbashore

So Mike got in last night and for those of you who know us you know the love we share for endurance. Well we had planned to run as soon as he got in and it just so happened to be at 11:15pm. We were thinking of just doing a 20 to 30 min run to say we went out and ran at midnight. Well things different go exactly as planned. Oh we went out at midnight and ran. But that 20 min run ended 1 hour , 7 miles and one amazing conversation later. Sometimes you need to train the soul just as much as the body.

Running’s a beautiful thing. Most people go out and run for exercise. They want to be healthy or lose weight. Its not about that with us. It’s a spiritual thing. Its when we recharge. Reconnect with ourselves, each other and God. Its learning. Learning about your body, your mind and your heart and soul. Its feeling alive. Being reborn. It’s soul running. Remember, you need to train more then your body.

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Genesis 3:1-24

Posted in God's Word on January 28, 2010 by gregbashore

Enter Sin!

When I first read this chapter of the bible I use to get so angry. Angry at Adam and Eve for disobeying God. Angry at God for punishing me for there sins. I didn’t eat the fruit, and if I was there I know I wouldn’t listen to Satan and be deceived by him. But the truth is I do listen to Satan. I listen to him everyday and more times then not I listen to him over the very word of God.

I think I understand this chapter now, at least for my life and I’m not as angry anymore. It’s quite the opposite now. You life and your decisions have consequences and, especially now the older I get and start a family, do those decisions impact others. My life’s not just about me anymore. Everything I do will impact another human being. Whether is my wife, future kids, family members or even close friends. The way I act and carry myself doesn’t just determine how my day will be. If I have a bad attitude and I’m grumpy and complain of course its going to impact my wife. Your attitude is contagious and no one wants to be around someone so selfish to think that their the only one with problems.

What about my future kids. How will they grow up if the are constantly seeing their dad in a bad mood. Not wanting to try new things. Pissed when life doesn’t go his way. I want them to grow up knowing that they can get through anything with hard work and leaning on the Lord for his strength. I want them to give thanks for each day given to them. So they can be a light to others. This all starts with me and how I start living my life. I’m not God by any means and I can control nothing. I need to learn to be thankful in the Lord always and when things go bad realize that I have a father who will see me through. It starts with my and my attitude and it has to start now.

Is it fair that I’m punished for Adam and Eve’s sins? Maybe, maybe not. But hey “C’est la vie” ” Go with what you got.”. I can’t change it. So time to start living

Genesis 2:1-25

Posted in God's Word on January 27, 2010 by gregbashore

“And God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, because it was the day when he rested from all his work of creation”

How often to do forget this. To take time and sit in silence. Enjoying the beautiful work that God has made. I’ve made it a huge effort to try to reconnect with God and his creation. For years now I would wake up, role out of bed and throw on my running shoes and try to block out everything from my mind as I would putter along the dark streets early in the morning. How much of God’s creation have I been missing by blocking it from my mind. The way the moon casts that dim light. How the tree branches sway in the wind. So much I’ve taken for granted by not sitting and see God in his creation. I’m trying to reconnect. Get back to what’s important in life. Which brings me to the other verse that grabbed a hold of me..

“Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him.”

Gods blessings. This is what I take from this verse. Yes it shows the blessing of marriage. But for me it shows the blessings God gives us. Here he has made this perfect paradise. A place perfect with no sin. Yet he blessed Adam with a wife. Family. How much I take family for granted. So often I get caught up in my own trivial affairs that I forget that I was blessed with an amazing God loving and fearing family. A wife who I love. Parents who are proud of me, and in-laws who help out in more ways then I know how to thank them for. The older I get the more time I wish I could spend with family. Those few people I really love (blood and non-blood alike). So often I forget to just stop and thank the Lord (and them) for the huge impact they have made in my life.

This year I’ve made stronger effort on that front. I have along ways to go but I’m tired of wasting these many blessings given to me by our God. It’s time to get back to what’s important. Family. Friends. God and his beautiful world. Thank you to all those who have helped me step out of my shell. I’m excited to start what I feel to be the start of my life with you all.

Genesis 1:1-31

Posted in God's Word on January 26, 2010 by gregbashore

“So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”

A lot of days I struggle with purpose. Who am I and why am I here. As I started my new task for reading the entire bible cover to cover, I couldn’t even seem to make it through the first chapter with out going back to the above verse and reading it over and over.

“So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”

How would my life change if I lived everyday with this verse locked inside me. Instead of waking up each morning grumbling and annoyed to start yet another day so early. The first chapter of the first book of the bible lays out how the Earth and everything was created. GOD CREATED EVERYTHING. All the wonders of the Earth he created. Yet out of all the beautiful things on this planet, we were the only ones he created in his image. He created all of mankind, male and female, in his likeness. I wonder how my life would be different if I lived a life that showed I was made in his own image.