Day 43/44 of 90: Different Kinds of Strength

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Ok, I didn’t blog yesterday but it was a late night and the wife and I were watching a film called “Go Toward the Light.”  It was a film, based on a true life story, about a boy who is very ill and it kind of got me thinking that there are many different types of strength, there is: power, speed, agility, wisdom, intelligence etc. etc…and then there is an inner strength (only sometimes I think it comes more from above than from within).  And whilst many of us, God-willing, will never have to face the same kind of suffering as this little boy or his parents not only can we acknowledge its presence in others like them but we can cultivate it within our own lives.  So whether we face issues related to health, finances or relationships my encouragement to you today would be keep on keeping on and begin to search for a more holistic understanding of strength.

 

YESTERDAY’s FOOD LOG [no food from 7pm yesterday till post-workout]

Post-workout: All-in-one shake and a handful of plain popcorn (homemade)

Breakfast: porridge, banana and walnuts followed by a tablespoon of peanut butter

Snack 1: white grapefruit and dark rye wheat bread and salmon

Snack 2: plain popcorn

Lunch: tuna and egg salad followed by a fruit salad

Snack 1: apple and tangerine

Snack 2: a tablespoon of peanut butter

Dinner: prawn, cuttle fish (it’s like octopus) and tuna in a chilli butter sauce with vegetables and couscous

Evening shake: whey and milk

Snack 1: fresh figs with walnut and honey

Snack 2: porridge with almonds and walnuts

[note to self]: Yesterday is my favourite day of the week because it is carb-loading day.  Having been low carbs all week  the replenishment gives my body a replenishment of much needed carbohydrates.

 

TODAY’s FOOD LOG

Post-workout: all-in-one shake

Breakfast: porridge with walnuts and almonds

Snack: a green apple

Lunch: all you can eat Chinese buffet (however, even though the food is full of salt and sugar I stayed away from the starchy carbs, the deep fried foods, avoided the fatty meats, got rid of as much sauce as I could, drank sparkling water and didn’t have a dessert – so it was kind of healthy.  Hey today was a massive training session).

Snack: a whole mango

Dinner: tuna and egg salad

Evening Shake: whey and milk

[note to self]: A little disappointed at the buffet today but it means I will have to lower by caloric intake tomorrow and up the intensity of the training a little for a cardio/rest day.

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Dealing with Death

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Sermon Link [Why not have a listen to the sermon?]

I heard a great truism once, which is you can tell a Christian by the way in which he lives, the way in which he loves and the way in which he dies.  And since a plethora of things have been written on Christian living and Christian loving I thought that I would use this opportunity to deal with the way in which a Christian deals with dying.    

 

1. Death is Inevitable

Firstly, the Christian recognises that death is inevitable for all for it is only the proud, the naïve and stupid that cannot and will not accept their own mortality or the mortality of others.  This means that the Christian should be one who accepts each day as a gift, keeps short accounts between others (and God), uses their life productively and does not take others for granted for they realise that their lives are “a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.” James 4:14b

 

2. Death is Unnatural

Having declared the inevitability of death the reader must also understand that the Christian believes in the unnaturalness and unfairness of death.   This is because death is an intruder within the created order (Genesis ch3).  It is for this reason why death seems to take us by surprises; it shocks us and can even leave us seething with anger.  So let us never identify this “stiff-upper-lip” Western stoicism, as the Christian response to death for it could not be further from the truth.  If we are to imitate Christ then should we not mourn the loss of our loved ones (John 11:35), work against all the manifestations of death (1 John 3:8) and look forward to the day when death will be no more?

 

3.  Death has been Conquered

Finally, a biblical understanding of death teaches us that it should not be feared, for we know that God is in control and that He has purchased for us eternal life.  As Christians we recognise that while man is responsible and satan is hostile, all things are either determined or permitted by God and will be used for our good and His glory (Romans 8:28).[1]  Therefore, we rest at peace in the providence of God and are fully confident of eternal life and the coming of a new heaven and a new earth (Revelation 21:1-4), which are guaranteed to us purely by His power and not by our own (John 10:25-29).

 

Conclusion

If we hold on to these truths then we can both live well and die well, boldly declaring with the apostle Paul, “O Death, where is thy sting?  O Grave, where is your victory?”  1 Corinthians 15:55.

 

 

[Matt Chandler is one of the great preachers in the world today.  He is wrestling with cancer and in the sermon jam speaks about dealing with death.]


[1] Even satan is unable to work outside of the pre-set boundaries given to him by God (Job ch 1-2).