P-U-R-E

Yesterday we had the second installment in the New Years Revolution challenge at church.  This week we discussed our physical lives and the sermon was titled “Body of Work.”  Our pastor gave us the acronym PURE and gave us the following goals for our bodies beginning on January 1st.  The challenge is for the first 90 days of 2010, but I plan on continuing after that (which of course is the idea).

P – Purify your life.  Eliminate all sexual impurities, everything should be kept pure between a husband and a wife, and you should not participate in any inappropriate activity outside of the marriage or before marriage.   Keep your body pure for your husband/wife.  

U – Use High Octane Fuel.  Feed your body well with good healthy food and plenty of water.  Limit alcohol, and cut out smoking and drugs (obviously). 

R – Rest.   Sleep, Sabbath, and Sabbatical.  We need an average of 8 hours of sleep a night, be sure to have downtime and good sleep every single night.   The Bible commands us to keep the Sabbath day holy and a day of rest.   Work to get all of your errands and chores accomplished throughout the week and on Saturday.  Keep Sunday open for relaxing, church, maybe some lunch, but lots of rest!  Take a sabbatical (vacation) once a year at least.  You should really be taking a weekend vacation every quarter and a week vacation once a year.  Ideally you could take a trip with your kids, but also make time to take a trip with just your spouse.  This allows for true relaxation!

E – Exercise.  Get moving.  Start a goal of moving every single day, even if it is for 10  minutes.  Then expand that, but try to do something every single day.  Ride your bike, go for a walk, join a running group, join a gym, do an aerobics class, do yoga, play with your kids outside, etc.

I love these challenges.  Some are very easy for me personally, but I know for others they are not.  I pray for all those at our church that struggle with some of the more difficult issues above.

Do you want to join us in this challenge?   It’s a good one.  If nothing else it will make us more aware of our spiritual and physical lives.  Next week we cover the financial area of our lives.  I’m looking forward to it!

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New Year’s Revolution

Yes, you read that right.  Revolution.  Not Resolution. 

Yesterday at church our pastor (Mac) began a new series called “New Year’s Revolution”.  I know it’s a little early to be talking about the new year, but not really.  He assured us he would in fact be having a Christmas service by Christmas, but for now we are focused on our goals for the new year.  I am really excited about this challenge because it is right in step with where Brian and I are right now. 

Mac challenged us to NOT make resolutions this year, but to join the revolution!  We are in.

The challenge includes three main areas: Spiritual, Physical and Financial.  This first message dealt with Spirituality.  He challenged us to do the following in our spiritual lives from January 1st to March 31st:

  1. Pray –  Daily prayer followed by journaling what you pray for and what you hear from God.  
  2. Scripture – Read the Bible daily. (He is also challenging us to read the entire New Testament front to back from January to June.  So we will be challenged to read half of it in this 90-day period. 
  3. Worship – Attend the worship service 10 out of the 13 weeks.  We will have no problem with this, unless we are out-of-town, which is rare, we are there ever single week.  We miss it when we cannot go.
  4. Evangelism  –  Share the good news with others and invite someone to church at least twice a month.  This one is going to somewhat difficult, but a great challenge.
  5. Service – Every week serve inside the church and outside the church.  I will need to step up my serving.  I was serving every other week, but that needs to increase and I need to be doing something outside of the church as well. 

I love challenges like this. I really do.  Challenges like this are ONLY to make us better.  These in particular will only improve and strengthen our relationship with God. 

Next week Mac is going to talk about the physical portion of the challenge.  Brian and I feel as if we have a good start on this one because we did the Master Cleanse last week, and since we finished we have been eating really well and making smart and healthy choices.  We will continue doing so and look forward to the challenge.

I can’t wait to get started!