Monthly archive for December 2011

December 2001

How did God bring First Place into my life? In 1998, I spent some time with my college roommate at a baby shower in Greenville, South Carolina. When I saw her, I couldn’t believe my eyes. She was half the person she was the last time I saw her. She shared with me that she and her husband had gone through First Place. I walked away from her wanting First Place because I was overweight and depressed, but I had never heard of it nor had I heard of any classes around here. Months later, I ran into another friend at the fair in Kings Mountain, North Carolina. She had lost weight and the program was First Place. She told me of a group at her church. My heart jumped with joy. I just couldn’t believe it. This friend said she would get the information to me a few days

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Giving the Best Gift Ever

Giving the Best Gift Ever

December is the month of the year when we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and when we also give gifts to those we love.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we, in addition to giving gifts, would give of ourselves during this Christmas season? One Kind Deed is Worth Many Kind Thoughts When our children were small, I had a Calligraphy picture that read, “One kind deed is worth many kind thoughts.” Just this last week, I was the recipient of the truth of that saying when my trainer, Donna Roberts, did something incredibly kind.  When I worked out with Donna on Tuesday, she asked me what I had to eat on Monday.  When I told her that I had eaten lunch, but had eaten yogurt and granola for breakfast and dinner, she gave me one of those looks. I told her that as soon as

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The Gift of Fitness

The Gift of Fitness

Have you ever thought of “fitness” as a gift? Most of us haven’t. We generally take it for granted that we can sit and stand, walk and run, and move around as we please. If we stop and really think about it, we realize that God has given us the gift of mobility and if we are serious about taking care of our physical bodies, we are doing our part to maintain the gift of fitness and health that God has given us. This is why regular exercise is so important. It really is true that if we don’t “use it,” we will “lose it” in the area of strength and flexibility, as well as cardio fitness. We must take care of the gift that is given to us by God. If you were given a shiny red bike or a cool sports car for Christmas, you would take care of

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Gift of Self

Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble.  1 Peter 3:8 One of the hardest lessons I have learned in my Christian walk is the difference between compassion and pity. Pity feels sorry for; compassion suffers with. Pity is about feeling superior; compassion acknowledges a common humanity that leaves me vulnerable to the same pain. Pity is being like the Pharisee who looked down at the tax collector and thanked God that, as one who religiously kept the law, he was exempt from the sins common to man. Compassion recognizes that we are all sinners before God. Compassion is humble enough to say, “Lord, have mercy on me a sinner,” knowing that it is God’s grace and not anything we have done that saves us. What I have found is that when I can be compassionate and humble, I

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