C.L.I.M.B.

Today our guest blogger is David Wildman of FULLY PACKED ADVENTURES!

dwildman@fullypacked.org

C.L.I.M.B.

The bike packing world is filled with acronyms.  Here are a few well known acronyms in the bike packing realm: GDMBR (Great Divide Mountain Bike Route), TNGA (Trans North Georgia), AZT (Arizona Trail), and CTR (Colorado Trail Race)

Seeing as there are so many, why not make one for myself?!  I wanted an acronym that encompassed riding elements and ministry.  This lead me to create C.L.I.M.B. (Come Learn Invite Multiply Build).

Here are the Bible verses that better explain C.L.I.M.B.

COME
Matthew 11:28 – Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

LEARN
Matthew 11:29 – Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your soul.

INVITE
Matthew 22:9 – So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.

MULTIPLY
Mark 4:8 – Still other seed fell on good soil.  It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times.

BUILD
1 Corinthians 3:10 – By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it.  But each one should build with care.

In all that we do, at Fully Packed, we C.L.I.M.B. together.  Both in riding and in our walk with the Lord.

Come C.L.I.M.B. with us!

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PEACE

The next 4 weeks is GUEST BLOGGER MONTH. Today’s guest is Julie Kinzer.

“Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John records Jesus’ words in chapter 14 about peace.

The first part of verse 27 says, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give as the world gives.”

The peace we expect to get from the world is temporary or counterfeit but we lean on and grab that peace first. Is it because we can see the action or result will bring us temporary security? Making us feel at peace?

Jesus clearly states His peace is not the same as the world’s peace. So my challenge to all of us today is to take advantage of the peace we can receive from Jesus.

The requirement is to keep our minds on Him. “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace.” Col 3:15

“You will keep in perfect peace  him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.” Isaiah 26:3

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Checkers and Chess

Checkers and Chess

If you have children, you have likely spent some time playing board games. Even though electronic games seem to be taking over board games, they still have their place. Two of the most popular board games are checkers and chess. Although I have not played a lot of chess, I have enjoyed the occasional game of checkers. The game gives the opportunity to plan strategy without taking a great amount of time.

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A few years back, a good friend challenged me with the following analogy using Checkers and Chess. These two games have different rules and different strategies but both are played on the same board. He said that life with Jesus is the same way. We can either use the strategy of Checkers – jump you, king me – or the strategy of Chess – think two to three moves ahead and always protect the king. This made sense to me!

The world system tells us life is a game of checkers – jump over others to make ourselves king. The Word of God challenges me to think through each decision in relationship to my soul and to others while always thinking about the King.

How might this thought change the way we approach life this week?

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (ESV)

16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Simmer down….

During the summers after my sophomore and junior years of high school, I was given a job at Wisconsin Wheel and Rim where my father was the manager. Each work day we made the 45 minute drive to work and back. My job was was to be a ‘runner,’ doing whatever they needed done.

One day I was assigned to work with an elderly German man. I don’t remember his name but I remember something he told me. While working on some job he tapped my shoulder and told me to slow down. I was wanting to hurry through the job but his words of wisdom slowed me down. He looked me in the eye and said, “Slow down and do it right. If you take your time and make the project perfect they will call you a craftsman. If you hurry to get it done, they will just give you something else to do.” Since we were being paid hourly, it really made sense to me to slow down, especially based on the second part of his statement; they will just give you something else to do!

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The way we approach our work in life is important whether or not we are on salary or paid hourly. God’s approach works for both. “Whatever you do, do it heartily as unto the Lord.” Col. 3:23

This does not say everything we do has to be perfect, or even excellent. But it does say we are to put our heart into it. This is about our attitude and motivation more than the finished product. This week, let’s try to work heartily in everything we do!

Eat, Drink and be Merry!

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How are you doing with your New Year’s resolutions? Have you been able to stick with those intentions that seemed so important on January 1? Setting goals is a great thing to do but keeping them is a lot harder!

As I have evaluated the past few months, it has become apparent what things sabotage my goals. Since one of my goals for this year is healthy eating, here are some things that get in the way of that goal:

1. Food. I love to eat! I am finding out that many people my age build relationships around food. In fact, for some people meal time is the highlight of the day! I admit that I often go in a restaurant fully intending to order salad and water and end up with a burger and fries!

2. Fun. Life can be difficult at times and fun activities are a welcome relief. Most enjoyable events include some kind of food. I arrive with good intentions but end up eating the equivalent of a small truck in crackers, cheeses and other snacks.

3. Friends. I love to get together with friends! When we are invited for dinner, I can’t refuse to eat the wonderful food they have prepared! Oh, I suppose I could bring my own rice cakes, but seriously!

4. Travel. Travel can be a real challenge to any attempt at healthy eating. Banquets, luncheon meetings, late night meals after all day meetings…these can all sabotage our plans. It’s tough to know what restaurants put in their food.

Sometimes it’s much easier to give in to the “eat drink and be merry” approach to life!

These are my excuses….What are yours?

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MOUTH

A friend sent this out the other day and he has given me permission to share. Think about this challenge….

In the classic movie: The Goonies, there was a character by the name of Mouth.  Mouth was always spouting off and getting himself in trouble, with his mouth, hence the reason for his nickname on the movie.

This got me thinking… what has my mouth done for me lately?  Is

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it getting me in trouble or is it singing His praises?  Is it shutting people down or is it lifting them up?

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We need to be encouraged.

We need to be encouraged.

If someone would ask me, “Who are you,” I would have to answer, “It depends on the day.” I do not think it is because I am bi-polar, but because I have this disease called sin.

Some days I feel good and it affects my attitude. Other days I don’t feel great or I am just flat out tired and I don’t want to talk to anyone. Yes, I know I am a child of Jesus and He is always with me, but unfortunately I sometimes live in my emotions.

If you looked at a timeline of my life, you would see different people at different times named Tom Roy.

From age 1-13 I was a skinny, geeky kid.

From 14-19 I was an athlete and from age 20-30 I was a student and a coach.

Then from age 30-55 I traveled continually it seemed with UPI.

From the age 55 until now my role has changed yet again. Each phase has revealed different attitudes that needed adjusting and forgiveness, everything from naïvity to harshness.

Our attitude affects our lives and others around us. My attitude can change when I see what God has to say in HIS WORD instead of listening to society, other people or myself. It sure is good to read in the Bible how God loves me and cares about every detail of my life.

It is also good to know that ‘all scripture is given for teaching, correction, reproof and training in righteousness.(2 Tim 3:16) But it is also good as well as hearing all the verses on encouragement and care.

So having admitted the above, here is your assignment, should you choose to accept it:

Go encourage someone today.

We are all on a journey and each at various places on that journey. We have good and bad days. Ask God to show you people near you that need a verse or a kind word to lift their spirits and give them a Godly perspective on life.breaking the ice

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” I Thess. 5:11

“So, when they were sent away, they went down to Antioch; and having gathered the congregation together, they delivered the letter. And when they had read it, they rejoiced because of its encouragement.”