Let’s Go Skiing!

The mountains have snow again, the ski resorts are opening for the season. A couple weeks ago I went to the ski show in Portland to try to find a new pair of skis for myself. When I first started skiing I would rent my equipment but that gets expensive real fast. So then I started using really old equipment that I found at Goodwill stores. That’s what I’ve been using for the past several years. It works okay but if I’m going to be skiing regularly I thought it would be worth it to invest in a nice pair of skis. And so I did.

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They’re Salomon Origins, $1000 new! Of course I didn’t pay anywhere near that much, I got a really good deal because these were used as demo skis. They’re shaped skis (which I’ve only tried a couple times, hope I don’t have too much trouble learning how to carve my way down the mountain.), they’ve got a wood core, and, yes, they’re purple. So they’ll go great with my purple coat. haha. I also got a pair of Salomon ski boots which I’m hoping will work well. I’m sure I’ll be thrilled with my new equipment considering my old skis were from the 70’s or something and my old boots had two broken clasps and only one working clasp. I used to worry that the lift attendant might tell me I wasn’t allowed on the lift with my ancient equipment. But it worked and I had fun so I was happy.

Anyhow, now I’m very excited to get up on the mountain and try out my new gear! I’m planning a trip to Mt. Hood SOON! Probably night skiing Saturday Nov 28th. If you want to go, let me know. Fellowship with friends is one of the best parts of skiing. It’s never fun to go alone.

Well, I’m starting to get used to my new schedule. It is the strangest thing to be in control of so much of my time. I want to use all my time for God and the things he wants me to do. Therefore it’s a huge responsibility to “be in control” of what I do with my time. I will be held accountable to God for everything I do with my time. Rom 14:12  “So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.” Really, I don’t want to “be in control”. I want to hand that control to God and let him steer me in what to do with my time. Rom 6:13  “Neither yield ye your members [as] instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members [as] instruments of righteousness unto God.” In order to yield myself like that, I must die to myself (my will, my goals) daily as Paul did (1 Cor 15:31). And I must keep my focus on Christ, not on my list of things that need to be accomplished. If I focus on a list of things that need to be done each day, I will feel like I failed if I didn’t accomplish it all at the end of the day. That can get depressing real quick. Yes, goals are good, and striving to be productive is good, but if that is the focus, I am looking to myself and will quickly become discouraged and/or depressed. My purpose IS to please the Lord. Rev 4:11  “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” My purpose is NOT to check off the items I decided to write down on my “To Do” list for the day. Now perhaps, as I continue to seek the Lord and his will with my whole heart (Jere 29:13, Ps 119:2), one day my “To Do” list will align with his will for me and therefore bring him pleasure if I do accomplish those things. If I let my pre-planned schedule run my life, I wouldn’t be available to serve others in the moment that they needed me to take some time for them. I also wouldn’t have time to stop and spend a few minutes in prayer for someone or something that the Lord brought to my attention. (1Th 5:17  “Pray without ceasing.”) Nor would I have time to take a moment to look up that verse I was thinking about but couldn’t remember exactly what it said. (Psa 1:2  “But his delight [is] in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.”)

My conclusion or point is that I am not to be selfish, self-centered, or self-focused. But rather, I am to be Christ-like, Christ-centered, and Christ-focused because that is what brings him pleasure and therefore fulfills my purpose in life.

John 13:34  A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

Rom 12:10  [Be] kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;

Matt 6:24  No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

Gal 5:13  For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only [use] not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

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