Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Running Happy =)

Brooks has a cool catch phrase: "Run Happy". I have been a long-time fan of Brooks and a big believer in the idea of running happy - discovering the little things (and big things) that make us smile along our running adventures.

While the idea of "Run Happy" always appealed to me, it has been a long time since I truly ran for the love of running. I have been caught up in the "9-5" of work and the crazy drives that accompanies my job. There were recent instances that brought back this "Run Happy" spirit to me:

1. Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Pacer Meeting: I am volunteering as a pacer for a half marathon in the fall and the pacer program is sponsored by Brooks. When I arrived, I was greeted by a slew of friendly faces and exciting individuals. Just being there and hearing them talk made me itch to run again. It was like a breath of fresh, "Run Happy" air!

2. Yesterday's spontaneous run: Yesterday I had to get to my car at the GO station. So I threw on my shoes and jogged the 2 km to the station. My legs felt a lot heavier than normal. Yet my spirit felt lighter. By the end of it, I wanted to keep running to the gym, but Reason intervened and I drove there so I could make it back in time for a little birthday thing afterwards.

The gym itself was a "Run Happy" experience. While I wasn't running, I also wasn't destroying my body nor was I lazily moving between machines. The workout was light and refreshing. I felt a slight burn, but consciously held myself back from going heavier or going for more reps, knowing that my body needed to gradually build up strength and endurance again. Patience and consistency was key.

Here's what I did last night at the gym:

1000 m row (warm-up, <2:00 m="" p="" pace="">
3 sets of: 10 shoulder press/10 bicep curls (25 lbs DBs)
3 sets of: 10 lunges (25 lbs DBs)
5 sets of: 5 deadlifts/1 hang squat clean/5 front squats (135 lbs)
3 sets of: 5 strict pull-ups

Nothing fancy. Nothing heavy. Nothing stupid. Just one day at a time.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Surrendering Anger with Humility

Last Thursday at Harvest Young Adults, we continued our series "Taking Care of Each Other" with a session called "Surrendering Anger with Humility".

Anger has been an issue I never thought I had, since I often ignore issues or suppress my emotions. I later realized that this too is a form of anger.

Here are some lessons I learned to become emotionally fit by understanding and handling anger God's way.

Four questions to ask when someone is angry

1. What was going on?
2. What did you do? (response)
3. What were you thinking?
4. What were you really looking for? (Getting to the heart issues)

When you're angry, consider:
- What idols are being messed with on your life? Eph 5:26
- What do I want so much I'm willing to kill for it? Anger inside the heart is murder
- What are the heart issues? Anger usually masks other emotions (e.g. fear)

Ephesians 4:31-32 - no room for anger in the Christian life

Bitterness is like a weed strangling your life

Why are you angry?

The secular view suggests chemical imbalances, poor ability to respond to stress / conflict, etc. The Biblical view distinguishes between a righteous and sinful anger. Most of our anger is sin (unless we are defending the helpless or standing up for our God). Sinful anger is a heart issue.

Self deception: Often when we are angry, we deceive ourselves in thinking we can act like God and get away with it. We need to remember that He is God and we are not.

Is the anger really solving the issue?

Anger never solves the issue. An illustration was given of how typical conflicts in marriage relationships arise by an all-too-common dance between fearful and angry hearts.

You cannot control anger. You have to surrender to humility.Surrender anger along with your rights

Be gentle but direct. Like velvet steel.

Final consideration

Are you angry out of habit? Why are you really angry? 

Our anger usually arises from an offense of personal glory, not when God's glory is at stake.