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And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
My daily morning reading had me reading a few verses from the Bible. The message here is simple. And It applies across many fields of life. Once I started reading this, I was immediately thinking about how the things we do stand the test of others. What Paul is writing about here is not talking to people in a way that convinces them. He referred to showing people! If I say something to you, you may take it one way. You may even believe what I am saying. What I do know however, is if I demonstrated to you, you would most likely be more believing. This is the simplicity of what Paul is writing here.
Ask yourself an honest question now, how easy is it to convince you of something you believe in? If someone came to you today and delivered a mouth-watering presentation, refuting your most cherished belief. How would you react? The sad fact is many would waver and then perhaps stop believing. The route of this article comes to what you believe in and why you believe in it. I know people who believe because others do. Do you go to work every day because others have told you this is the right thing to do. Do you worship the God you believe in, or not worship because this is what you see? Have you never questioned those people who gave you these beliefs from childhood? If you haven’t, I strongly urge you to do so swiftly.
How much stock is invested in your every decision? Do you really make the decisions in your life or is someone else driving the car?
If you are following my bike riding series, you will know from that I stress the hard parts of stopping something for so long and then aiming to come back and start again. Greek was another thing I had put down for a few months and I guess it was a good idea for me not to go to Greece a few months back because in terms of the lingo, I was nowhere near I wanted to be.
Here’s a picture of me looking over my work of previous months, becoming re-acquainted with the language and remembering the different letters of the alphabet, different rules about specific letters (if you zoom in to this picture you can see a rule I wrote down about the letter “s” which is sigma in Greek).
To be honest I didn’t do as much as I thought I would but it was mainly based on review and re-establishing the work I had done previously. I only spent a little while looking over the notes (I normally aim to practice for 45 minutes with a countdown timer running – this increases intensity and forces me (well it should do) to work at my best due to the fact there is a clock counting down).
I really did get the understanding back when I looked over my previous notes and I guess it is a good platform to start from. The main purpose for learning the Greek language is to take my Bible study to the next level, therefore I am not using something like Rosetta Stone or something like that. I am currently using a video class based on learning Bible Greek. It comprises of short 4-5 minute videos which I aim to do daily.
More updates in the future. Please et me know if you have any tips which can help me learn more efficiently within the scope of what I have described.
Getting back on the bike day #1 was something I knew would be interesting to write once I had the content to go with it. As well as my desire to write, the experiences I knew I would have once getting back on the bike day #1 had occurred. Day #1 for me occurred yesterday and it was like I anticipated – hard work. The first day is always the hardest and then it gradually gets easier.
Here is me on day #1 riding hard feeling like quitting but powering through. I ride for 15 minutes per session and at my peak I ride two times a day. I normally aim to ride about 4/5 miles so in total about 8/10 miles a day. A few years ago when I was riding on my normal bike, I would ride around 10 miles three times a week (minimum – some weekends I rode thirty miles) and burnt massive weight in a few months (unintentional). Right now I’m riding again just for fitness and to remain healthy (lets see what happens). The thing is, it is only 15 minutes and this is what provides solace when I’m on the bike but I try to keep it intense. I aim to beat my score from yesterday, aiming to make further distance in less time and things like that. It is a good start for me although it was really hard today – but I expected this coming in because I couldn’t even remember the last time I rode my bike. I’m not getting too ahead of myself but my brother does insanity work out pretty much every day (Pro Athlete) and I may move into that in the future (big may).
Anyway – 15 minutes later and my thighs are burning in a way I haven’ felt in months.
Doing things like working out only usually ever takes like an hour max but so many days go by and we just feel like there is no time to do it. My bike sessions take up thirty minutes of my day. Thirty minutes of 24 hours. Such a small time but such a big impact long-term.
As it was my first day back as you can see so far, I expected a hard time – what I didn’t anticipate were things which actually happened during. Mistakes which happened from rusty-ness. #1 – I wore the wrong trainers (I normally wear my running shoes for comfortability) but I couldn’t find them when it was time to ride so I just put on standard trainers (Don’t do that), it makes everything harder. #2 – The timer which is actually in the picture above fell off while I was riding so I couldn’t see the distance I actually rode, or the time. Favourably I had my Blackberry in the pocket and could check my time this way. It was only when someone came in the room and picked it up for me I could start collecting data again but 1/2 data isn’t full data. As these things actually happened, I said to myself, these are things which can occur when you haven’t done something in a long time. The lesson to learn from today’s class “Be prepared for mishaps.”
This is me after the session writing down my notes for this blog post. I managed to get all my notes into the post succinctly without writing an essay so well done on my part.
Other Mistakes Or Observations?
YES. I will list them below and not type too much about them to save you some time.
- Worked out on an empty stomach (limited energy – makes it harder)
- Limited fluids prior
- Early on I felt to quit (persisted though)
- Didn’t want to do it when it came round to it due to the initial energy going away as I waited hours to start riding – when you leave hours, doubt grief & energy all have the time to attack
I wrote an article yesterday about sorting out priorities, you can click here to read it if you haven’t already but please come back and finish off this article. You can kind of say the two are linked because when I got out of bed this morning (around 5:30 AM), I had just finished reading the Bible, which I aim to do every day before I start my day. I headed over to my laptop and was thinking about the blog post I was going to write today (This is another thing I am trying to sort out because for the second year running, I am failing to complete a post a day – How hard can it really be?).
Anyway I started thinking about new priorities (which are really old) that I wanted to reinstate. Now I started thinking about my first online callings. One was my blog and I am taking more time with it and giving it more of my attention, regardless of whatever other things I am trying to do. The point is, I definitely have the time, It just comes down to my priorities. As I sat down, another one immediately can into my mind…”Get back on the bike.” Like that it was back and it is something I am looking to start doing seriously again. As I write these very words, another thing shot to the front of my memory which is language practice. I did think of typing tomorrow I will start again but there is no time like the present, I will get back into the swing of things today and perhaps write a blog post about it in the future. This blog post today isn’t about business but I find it hard to walk over this point without using the words “passive income.” What I am actually doing here is taking actions and by me doing these things, more things are coming back to me without little or no work. All I am doing currently is writing today’s blog post but I already have two potential articles now for tomorrow and the day after (getting back on the bike again day#1 & back to Greek day #1). Guess what? This seems like a good stream of investment because I have now thought (while typing) of a daily review/oversight of my day of biking and my day of Greek. That is how easy action multiplies! If I did this every day, I would have a full year’s worth of content for my blog and would complete my task of posting every day.
Like I said, this post isn’t about business but you can see how the principle of business are transferable. Staying with this theme just slightly, I was lying in bed around 3/4 AM thinking about how great & timeless Jesus was. I’m a firm believer in the fact all plans including business, life, wealth etc are found in the Bible. I was thinking about Business and how important marketing/exposure is, it really is the most important (Yes more important than the good product). I started thinking about how Jesus had such a big impact. Firstly, you should know I do believe Jesus had the best product on the market but this isn’t enough. If people don’t even accept free products today, this alone shows you product is not enough. Jesus didn’t say – “I have the best product on the market, everyone will come to me.” He actually did the opposite! He travelled around Israel teaching freely about his product and showing people real life examples of the product. Tried and Tested. Just to relate it to business I used the word product. I know some people may find offence in that but even if it was a product, it’s free anyway. Moving on, he not only travelled himself, he sent people out before him and with him. Ladies and gentlemen – please tell me what one of the biggest marketing strategies out there today is? Affiliate marketing! I’m merely using this to prove my previous point that these strategies are nested in the Bible one way or another.
It’s funny how my article post about getting back on the bike has turned into various other things but there you have it. Nearly 1000 words in less than thirty minutes all original. Since I completely sabotaged this article (unintentionally in many ways), I can do nothing else but tell you to look out for my upcoming article about getting back on the bike day #1 (now written) which will talk more about my bike experience and the struggles that came along.
Riding my bike is not in the top two things on my list so I was not riding before writing.
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