Faith and Fitness
What's Your Stop, Start, Stop, Start?
Why do we stop doing something we know is good for us? Maybe your stop, start, stop, start is eating healthy. Maybe your stop, start, stop, start is exercise. Maybe it’s spending time reading the Bible.
My stop, start, stop, start is meditation. Whenever I meditate consistently my life changes significantly for the better. I have more peace and joy in my life. I am mentally stronger. I have more clarity and I feel so close to God. So why do I quit when it make me feel so good and I feel like I …
Dream the Impossible
It has been a little over three years since I left the pharmaceutical industry and moved from Florida to Colorado to pursue my dream of being an entrepreneur. I started my company called Divine Wellness Ministries on May 14th, 2018.
It has been quite a faith adventure since leaving the comfort and security of the pharmaceutical industry to being an entrepreneur leading a men’s fitness ministry.
In the grand scheme of things, I would say my adventure so far has been very successful. I have bu…
Get in the Game of Life
The COVID-19 virus has turned our world upside down. It has rocked everything from our health care system, our economy, our school system to the landscape of our sports. As of this writing there have been over 700,000 confirmed deaths around the world due to the COVID-19 virus. It has been a pandemic of epic proportions that I hope we don’t ever see in our life time again.
Recently several major college conferences have cancelled their fall season of football. The Big Ten, Pac-12, Mid-American …
Muscular Christianity (Redefined)
I came across the term muscular Christianity the other day when I was reading a book called Every Body Matters by Gary Thomas. Those two words put together resonated deeply with my soul.
Muscular Christianity can be defined as a Christian commitment to health, fitness and manliness. It stresses the need for energetic Christian activism in combination with an ideal of vigorous masculinity.
The question is what is an ideal level of vigorous masculinity and what does manliness mean? Historically …
“Doing things that you don’t think you can do or you don’t want to do change the way you see yourself and others. It is a spiritual journey. And what a journey it is.” -Daniel Weiner
That’s a quote from one of my clients, Daniel Weiner, who set a big hairy audacious goal of completing his first marathon. He crushed his goal the other day with a sub-four hour marathon. It was what he called a silent marathon. It wasn’t part of an event. There was no pomp and circumstance, it was just him, a budd…
Be the Change
As our nation and our world struggles with the senseless death of George Floyd and the other lives that are tragically lost, the quote from Mahatma Gandhi rings in my ear. “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
Those words are simple but yet profound.
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed right now.
From dealing with the COVID-19 virus to all of the social unrest in our world, the tendency is to throw up our hands and complain about the state of our world.
What we can do is find our o…
From Curious George to Richard Rohr
Ever since I was a little kid I loved to read. I would fall asleep on the floor with a book laid open on my chest. One of my favorite books was Curious George. Books have always triggered my imagination. To this day I still have a passion for reading.
I try to read a book a week. That doesn’t always happen, but often times it does. My reading has progressed from Curious George to John Grisham and now Richard Rohr with many different authors and types of books in between.
It’s pretty amazing to…
Pride...It Could Kill You
I remember this day like it was yesterday. Several years ago I was in a meeting with some of my colleagues at a restaurant. I noticed one of my co-workers, Hector, got up and was gone for an extended period of time. He sent a text message on my phone that I fortunately looked at that said, “In the bathroom not feeling well.”
I got up to check on him and I found him bent over sweating profusely while desperately grabbing his chest. The first thing he said is, “I am having some bad heartburn. I m…
When we think of a warrior we usually think of a fighter. Someone who is willing to go into battle and fight until his death. That is noble indeed.
There is so much more than being a warrior than fighting. In fact, a true warrior often craves peace and doesn’t look for a battle, but is willing to go there if need be.
One characteristic of a warrior that I am working on is discipline. Not from a physical aspect because I have that one nailed.
It’s from the discipline of giving my gifts feroci…
Chasing God Trying to be Better Men
As we were having our Spiritual Warriors Unite men’s gathering last month one of the guys said something simple, but yet profound. I am not even sure if he was aware of what he said.
“All we are is a bunch of guys chasing God trying to be better men.”
Sometimes I am not sure if we are chasing God or if He is chasing us. In my own personal journey I believe God has always been there, I just made a choice not to pursue him, which led to a lot of emptiness and unfulfillment.
I believe deep down…