Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Self Evaluation

The gift that keeps on giving this year the Garmin Forerunner 201. My wife gave me this gadget for Christmas to time myself make a map of my runs.

It sat in its unopened package for about six weeks which didn't get me any brownie points. Behavior like that doesn't "fill" Susan's "love tank" says she.

It stayed in its box because I didn't want to read the manual and figure it all out. It works off of satelites and such. Besides, I really don't think I can keep pace with an object hurling through space or orbitting a planet.

But once I figured it out, it's been very cool. I can plot my runs on a map and it tells how me fast I'm going. It gives me my best pace and average pace over the distance of the run. It also tells me how far I've gone. So it's helping me do better. Although today I kind of sucked, but I wouldn't know if I didn't have a way to measure. But I really want to get faster. Especially now that I'm getting ready to be a grandpa and all.

For the past twelve years or so, I've kept a journal. I write down what's going on in my life and what it seems is happening in my spiritual life. When I thumb through past journals I've kept, sometimes I've grown and sometimes I really suck. The new gadget I got for Christmas uses global positioning satelite technology. To measure my spiritual growth, I use the Bible.

God's Word is the perfect measuring tool, but for me, unless I write it down, I can't really evalute things very well. Or look back and see the course I've run over the past few years. Sometimes, I resist opening my Bible and writing down what God's doing because I don't want to read the manual or figure anything out.

But it's in times like these that God really wants to fill my love tank. And so I need to run to Him and allow Him to do just that.

2 Corinthians 13:5
Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified.


Anonymous said...'ve been holden out on me!...that's a sweet gift!

I say bravo on the journal. I started keeping one a little over two years ago. It's a mainstay in my life.

Bryonm said...

I didn't say it, I quoted it.