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Friday, June 5, 2009

Friday Freelance: FITNESS

I met a Wii for the first time on Wednesday. I think I’m in love.

I am not a technophile. Over the years I’ve resisted an automatic transmission, a computer, a cell phone, upgraded cell phone, cell phone camera, a laptop, blogging, Facebook, and Twitter.

I’ve managed to evade Twitter. I still prefer to drive a stick for mountains, snow, and just plain fun. But I’ve succumbed (even become addicted) to all the rest.

Alhough the Wii nicely marries fun and fitness, I’ll confess that it got to me with flattery of my pride. I did a fitness test which measured BMI and balance and flexibility and such, then pegged me at age 30. The assessment evoked an "OH yeah!" (etc.) from me in the face of age 46 reality.

I’m fascinated by a computer which can’t even see the outside of me and purports to tell me what’s on the inside. I also have difficulty believing that my body’s age is measured with balance rather than blood work or history. I’d like to believe such friendly technology (who wouldn’t?), but I reason that such an assessment can’t be accurate.

There is therefore now no condemnation
to those
who are in Christ Jesus,
who do not walk according to the flesh,
but according to the Spirit.
Romans 8:1 (NKJV)

Earlier on Wednesday I was praying the Lord’s prayer as part of my morning routine. I got hung up at “Our Father” (as I’m wont to do) when I thanked the Father for His two greatest gifts—the blood of His Son, which makes me His child, and the Holy Spirit within me, the deposit of all to come.

In that moment it occurred to me that the Father accepts me without condemnation because that’s the way He sees me, on both the outside (where His Son’s blood covers me), and the inside (where His Holy Spirit resides).

None of this is new information, to you or to me. Although Romans 8:1 is among my favorite verses (in the NKJV longer text), I continually struggle to see myself as without condemnation in the face of the sinful reality. I reason that such an assessment of my heart's fitness can’t be accurate.

Evidently the Lord uses different criteria than I do when assessing the measurement of my sin and the capacity of His mercy.

For as the heavens are high above the earth,
So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;
As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
Psalm 103:11-12 (NKJV)

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  1. What amazing mercy the Lord has and I'm so thankful for it. Nice post Anne.

  2. I'll admit I shun most of technology's advancements, too. But automatic transmission? Not even I'm that bad!

    I am so glad God sees me in a different light than I see myself.

  3. Gods mercy is so precious to me.

  4. I'm humming the line of one of my favorite hymns, "In Christ Alone"..."washed in the precious blood of Christ."

    Ah, what a way to start my Friday.

    God bless you Anne, and know you are not alone in your Wii love. My friends love it, though I have yet to try it other than getting trounced by my son in Wii sports games. :)

  5. I've evaded Twitter too.
    30! Wow!
    I went cow tipping on a Wii once.
    Praise God He has A NEW way to see us - He sees us NEW.
    ~ Wendy

  6. :)

    I just loved this sentence, tucked in the middle...

    "I’m fascinated by a computer which can’t even see the outside of me and purports to tell me what’s on the inside."

  7. T. Anne, the amazement never leaves me.

    Billy, a good ole boy like you doesn't drive a stick? Say it ain't so.

    Denise, God's mercy is indeed precious—and new every morning!

    Wendy, confession time. I put on lighter clothes and thought I could best that balance test, maybe rate a 29. Oh the sinful pride! The second time rated me age 49. [Cow tipping?]

    L.L. Amazing the ways we judge, via computers and appearances, isn't it?

    Gwen, that song is failproof to bring tears. My favorite part is:
    No guilt in life, no fear in death
    This is the power of Christ in me
    From life's first cry to final breath
    Jesus commands my destiny

  8. I so agree with your comment of "I continually struggle to see myself as without condemnation in the face of the sinful reality." It is so easy to remind someone else in our life of this promise, but so difficult to remind ourselves. Glad to know I am not the only one.


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