Pondering Thought – Lense

Passing along for friends, family and others in the USA.  We celebrate our nation’s birthday on July 4th.

Scripture – Proverbs 16:32-33 King James Version (KJV) 32 He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.3 The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the Lord.

When you think of someone or something..
Do you think of good, bad or nothing at all?

Do you think of bad things from the past?
Or think of good things yet to come?

Do you guage someone or something based on what has happened?
Or do you wait with anticipation what positive things are yet to come?

Many, many of us are wired to base future events on past successes or failures.
It is in our nature to be quick to judge and label.

Be slow to judge
quick to forgive the past and future.

We are human with our own faults, weaknesses and also we all have gifts..
This was my reminder the day before our country’s official birthday.

 

Have you won the lotto?

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The title is an eye catcher.  Ever wonder what you would do with $1 million dollars… I’m sure if you were honest. At least one time in your life you’ve thought about how your life would change if you “WON THE LOTTO”.   What would you buy?  Mine would be a truck along with donating to worthy causes.

Ever seen one of these signs? What is your first reaction? Negative?  Why is this person standing here holding this sign instead of out finding a job?  I don’t have time?  I don’t want to engage…

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Matthew 25:40 (NIV) “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.'”

Here is my short story I felt led to share.  I was out and about one day and pulling out of a local retailer.  A person was standing at an intersection where several cars a second were exiting.

I had my window down and waiting for traffic to clear.  I acknowledged the individual who was standing there.  I asked her name, she replied Bobbie.   I said hello and pulled out into traffic.

As I was headed to my destination.  I couldn’t help but say a short pray for Bobbie.  As I finished my errand, I had Bobbie on my mind.  God was nudging to go back and talk with her.   I headed back to the retailer.  I walked down and engaged a conversation.

I asked “How are you today? What is your story?”  At first she was a bit standoff’ish.  I don’t blame her.  I was interrupting her attempt to collect from cars that continued to exit the retailer.  After asking a few other questions and telling her about myself.  I handed her a donation…This is where it gets real.

She asked if I found the money on the ground?  I stated no and asked why?  She shared with me a passer by once handed her a $100 bill.  His comment to her was as follows.

“I found this $100 on the ground and figured it wasn’t mine and I would give you to.  I’m not out anything and I don’t like people who stand with signs like you are doing”.

Not sound very loving does it?  Apostle Paul writes..

1 Corinthians 13:3 (NIV) “If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.”

I could sense her defensiveness when telling me about this story.  She took my donation and put in her pocket.  Then she asked me directly…

Have you won the lotto? 

I thought for a moment and stated… Well, not on earth but as a Christian my eternal destination is set as far as my faith goes.  I feel with Christ in my life, I’ve won the lotto yet not fully realized it.  But on earth, I’ve wished a few times but not won.

We talked for a few more minutes and I asked.  Has anyone else stopped by. She told me no.  I asked if anything good happened this particular day.  She said no.  I asked her where she was from.  She mentioned a small town about 30 minutes away from the location.   I told her I was from a small town.  She asked me if I recognized her because they worked a location in my town recently.  I asked her what she thought of my hometown.  She said the people were nasty and were not nice.  This was humbling although I can understand.

We talked a few more minutes and as I was walking away.  I said God bless and have a good day.  She said, goodbye Steve with a smile.

I don’t type this for a pat on the back. I struggle every time I see a person holding a sign asking for help.   What I got from this particular situation was as a Christian.

Have we won the lotto?  My answer is yes.  The next time you see a person holding a sign.  They are made in God’s image and deserve compassion.   Take time just once to stop by and have a conversation, hand them a few bucks.  It was an eye opener and try to follow prompts from the Holy Spirit.

From one moment we talked about winning to the lotto to people asking for assistance via a sign standing outside a busy intersection.  What were your emotions?

Hope this makes ya think.  It did me…

God bless,

Steve

Keto – First 56 days or so…

The #Keto journey continues.   This covers 56 days or so into my wife’s and I changed way of eating (hint, notice I didn’t use diet).  Here is the first article for a refresher.  My lowest point has been 199.7 in this timeframe.  That has showed up a few times although our scales tease me, for several days my weight was 200.0 even before dropping 199.7.

Imagine, I’m standing alone in the bathroom yelling at the scales like it matters!?  I’m talking to myself stating “Really”, you couldn’t drop below 200.   My body has adjusted to the new weight and varies around 200 lb (give or take a pound).  I’ve had a few days where my diet wasn’t not as strict as first 28 days.

Staying in Keto requires efforts, consistency and planning.  A friend of mine who has been on Keto for year and half has an amazing story  He’s lost over 150 pounds, #Keto has been part of his journey.  Here is the article

I’ve settled into somewhat of a routine eating almonds, pecans, raw lunch meat instead of chips, cookies and other not so #keto friendly.  My biggest struggle is when I get home from work in the afternoon.   For some reason, it is a habit to munch for a bit before dinner.   Keto has helped curb cravings since my body is not generally hungry as much.  Chewing gum helps!

I work in technology.  I’m familiar with offerings companies try to use mobile apps.  Carb manager apps are no different.  My wife started using www.carbmanager.com keeping track of everything she ate.

In the spirit of doing it together, I tried a few days tracking my food intake.  This helped gauge levels we should achieve to keep our body in ketosis.  I did this for a while until I got the hang of it. Eating of enough fats was the toughest.  I almost always was over on protein.  From what I understand, too much protein will slow your weight loss.  This appears to be happening to me.

I’ve learned my body varies a few pounds, yet will continue to drop ever so slowly.  They tell me that is the best way to lose weight.  I enjoy seeing a 1 – 3 pound drop in a single day.  This is most likely from water weight.  I’ve continued to drink around 32 ounces of water in AM and 32 in PM.   I usually will drink more than 64 ounces of fluid.  The 32 and 32 are baselines to at least get minimum amount of water.

Changing how you eat definitely has made a difference. We are almost two months into eating differently.  When I eat breads or other junk food.  I can tell.   I get bloated and gas along with a mild case of heartburn.  Keto requires continued food preparation for best results.  We had cauliflower pizza crust, yum yum!   I’ve not had regular pizza in months.

Until next time.   Happy #Keto

PS – Wife is down around 18 – 20 pounds so far…

Take care,

Steve