Thursday, September 3, 2009

Spiritual Exercise

a Biblical thought...
The men were amazed and asked, "What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!" (Matthew 8:27)

a Book thought...
Give yourself permission to be who God gifted you to be, regardless of what others have said. (p49)

a Dave thought...
On Sunday a nun from Washington state has become the oldest woman to finish the Subaru Ironman Canada race in Penticton which consists of a 3.8km swim, 180km bike ride and 42.2km run. Sister Madonna Buder, 79, a Roman Catholic nun from Spokane, crossed the finish line on Sunday with five minutes to spare before the 17-hour cutoff time. “It was very emotional when she came through and set an age group record,” said competitor Carolyn Gebbie of Victoria. Her ability to finish marked an improvement over 2008, when she missed the midnight cutoff time by mere minutes. Sister Buder is no stranger in triathlon circles, completing over 35 Ironman competitions, setting several age group records. One came in 2005, when at age 75, she became the oldest woman to complete the Hawaii Ironman. Starting to race at age 49, she sometimes says: “I train religiously.”

The YouTube above is a fascinating interview with Sister Buder where she talks about jogging being ‘Spiritual Exercise’. She says “Exercise is the one thing that can truly harmonise body, mind and soul.” Exercise has become her ministry and her tribute to God. As you can tell I’m a big fan of the sister and can certainly relate to the idea of spiritual exercise.

Just a thought.

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