I am really quite proud of these two--#1 daughter and my favorite son-in-law. They have more hardware to hang around the house and the kids drag around with little or no respect for what it took to have that ribbon placed around their neck. These two are tri-athletes~ it's not enough to have a brood of four ~for dates they go on a run. WHERE DID I GO WRONG??? I digress----yesterday they competed in the Wacotri ~DEEP IN THE HEART OF HOTTER THAN HELL TEXAS! They seem to enjoy getting out in 100 degree heat and high humidity and enduring pain, faint, and dehydration to have another piece of metal to get lost in the toy box. You begin a tri by swimming in the midst of a pod of trashing, kicking, and unaware of your presence swimmers ~IN A RIVER! Not good enough to swim in a pool--must get into a polluted nasty river and dare death while swimming in the midst of fatal bacteria and other nasties. THEN you get on a bicycle that has a seat the width of a pencil and is made of the hardest metal known to man. Add to that you clip yourself into that pedal--so if the bike goes down --you are headed south for a thrilling slide down asphalt hot enough to cook an egg. Finish all that and you get to run--on that SAME blistering asphalt or worse concrete with your feet directly on the hot plate. You can't ingest water fast enough to recover what is pouring out of you. WOW--what a FUN date weekend! PAIN seems to be there aphrodisiac!
WELL NOW--for your information--they cannot hold a candle to this mama's ability to endure pain. Having birthed a 9 pound 6 ounce baby with a head the size of a volleyball---N A T U R A L L Y~~~I WIN!!! No trophy--no medal--just a lovely big strapping boy who stayed on my hip until he was two. Though he was a grand prize--I DID LEARN MY LESSON--I do NOT pursue pain anymore. I never push myself into pain territory when working out. I am always whining, moaning and groaning at the least discomfort and headed OUT THE DOOR when it does not let up. My poor sports massage therapist, Jeff, has to chase me all over that table and I have threatened him bodily harm on more than one occasion. I am interested in being in the best shape possible with NO PAIN! That old saying about no pain no gain is for the masochist--not for this sissy. I avoid pain WHENEVER POSSIBLE!
Laugh if you will, but pain is NO laughing game. BUT we will have pain in life--I do not know how you can avoid it. NONE of us like pain, but hopefully something is gained from our pain. For athletes, it is stronger bodies. For many though, the pain seems to have no benefit--no possible good reason~unless you believe what our Sovereign God promises us-
ALL things work together for good for those that love God,
and are called according to His purpose.
CLING to this promise when life is more painful than you think you can bear, when the world has turned upside down, when nothing makes sense. HOLD FAST to ALL THINGS. KNOW that we have a God who loves us---KNOW His ways are not our ways---KNOW he holds your tears in His hand---KNOW GOD and KNOW PEACE~ even in the worst of times--in the most extreme pain--HE is GOD and ALL THINGS work for our good if we only Love Him.