Archive for May, 2011

Do Whatever Brings You Back to Your Heart and the Heart of God

Posted in God's Word, Life on May 29, 2011 by gregbashore

Against the flesh, the traitor within, a warrior uses discipline. We have a two-dimensional version of this now, which we call a “quiet time.” But most men have a hard time sustaining any sort of devotional life because it has no vital connection to recovering and protecting their strength; it feels about as important as flossing. But if you saw your life as a great battle and you knew you needed time with God for your very survival, you would do it. Maybe not perfectly-nobody ever does and that’s not the point anyway-but you would have a reason to seek him. We give a halfhearted attempt at the spiritual disciplines when the only reason we have is that we “ought” to. But we’ll find a way to make it work when we are convinced we’re history if we don’t.

Time with God each day is not about academic study or getting through a certain amount of Scripture or any of that. It’s about connecting with God. We’ve got to keep those lines of communication open, so use whatever helps. Sometimes I’ll listen to music; other times I’ll read Scripture or a passage from a book; often I will journal; maybe I’ll go for a run; then there are days when all I need is silence and solitude and the rising sun. The point is simply to do whatever brings me back to my heart and the heart of God.

The discipline, by the way, is never the point. The whole point of a “devotional life” is connecting with God. This is our primary antidote to the counterfeits the world holds out to us.

(Wild at Heart , 171-172)


World Record…Raw…No Wraps

Posted in Strength on May 22, 2011 by gregbashore

Training Recap 5/15-5/21 (I’m Back)

Posted in Life, Training on May 22, 2011 by gregbashore

Sunday 5/15/11
Recovering From Surgury

Monday 5/16/11
Recovering From Surgury

Tuesday 5/17/11
Recovering From Surgury

Wednesday 5/18/11
Stent Removal Surgury

Thursday 5/19/11
5:00 Run/5:00 Walk
4:00 Run/4:00 Walk
3:00 Run/3:00 Walk
2:00 Run/2:00 Walk
1:00 Run/1:00 Walk

Friday 5/20/11
5 Rounds
11 Pullups
20 Pushups
30 Situps
40 Squats
*3:00 rest between rounds
4 mile run

Saturday 5/21/11
Rest Day

How Much Time Are You Wasting

Posted in Life on May 17, 2011 by gregbashore


Posted in Life on May 15, 2011 by gregbashore

So I have been laid up most of the month of May (one of my favorite months I might add) recovering form a surgery to remove a kidney stone that was much to big to pass. It hasn’t been the easiest time for me because I love sunshine and warm weather, which we have had plenty of, and I haven’t been able to go out and enjoy it. I also haven’t been able to do the daily things I do everyday that make other people think I’m a tad bit unstable in the head (2 hour long runs, pull-ups in a weighted vest, and deadlifts). But, the down time has given me a chance to really sit back and look at the things I do in a day and really evaluate if I actually like doing them. Sometime, for me anyway, you can get so use to routine that you can forget why you started doing the things you do in the first place. So, until Thursday at least, I simple get to spend time thinking about life and what I enjoy most out of it. I’m a simple man when it comes to many things, including my relationship with my best friend and savior Jesus and really try to follow one simple rule when it comes to life. That rule is simple to follow the advise of Augustine and “Love God and do as you please”.

So here are the things I realized help me do that. The little things in life that please me and allow me to better connect with my family, friends and savior.

Trail Running, Rock Climbing, hiking with my son and wife, reading, soccer, writing, working outside, walks with my wife, weight lifting, rugby, enjoy a cold beer.

Some of these things I still have been able to do this month, while others (the more physical in nature) have had to sit on the back burner while I remember the importance of a good recovery so I can in fact one day enjoy them again. Like I said, I’m a simple man, with simple pleasures, but have been blessed with more then I could have ever asked for in return.

All Men Die, Few Men Truly Live

Posted in God's Word, Life on May 11, 2011 by gregbashore

The most dangerous man on earth is the man who has reckoned with his own death. All men die; few men ever really live. Sure, you can create a safe life for yourself . . . and end your days in a rest home babbling on about some forgotten misfortune. I’d rather go down swinging. Besides, the less we are trying to “save ourselves,” the more effective a warrior we will be. Listen to G. K. Chesterton on courage:

Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die. “He that will lose his life, the same shall save it” is not a piece of mysticism for saints and heroes. It is a piece of everyday advice for sailors or mountaineers. It might be printed in an Alpine guide or a drill book. The paradox is the whole principle of courage; even of quite earthly or quite brutal courage. A man cut off by the sea may save his life if he will risk it on the precipice. He can only get away from death by continually stepping within an inch of it. A soldier surrounded by enemies, if he is to cut his way out, needs to combine a strong desire for living with a strange carelessness about dying. He must not merely cling to life, for then he will be a coward, and will not escape. He must not merely wait for death, for then he will be a suicide, and will not escape. He must seek his life in a spirit of furious indifference to it; he must desire life like water and yet drink death like wine.

(Wild at Heart , 169)

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Posted in God's Word, Life on May 5, 2011 by gregbashore

‎”I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”