Bible Studies, Growth, Girth, and Going the Distance.

Hello, Benjamin from Brother’s Campfire here!

Today I will spend most of my day at Church. Part of my responsibility there is to run the projector and I will be doing this later tonight. If you would like to listen live, you can do so here during scheduled services. Heritage Pentecostal . I look forward to knowing that you tuned in. If you have questions or would like a Bible study, let me know!

Jesus, don’t leave Earth without Him.

It has been a long while since I have discussed an endurance hike, one of my goals for the year. It has been my intention to walk 50 miles in a 24 hour period, my preferred route being Colorado Springs to Castle Rock by the backroads.

Training has been hampered by numerous health problems and I do not think I have walked over 15 miles in a day in the last 6 months. It is frustrating, but I aim to make it happen down the road.

There are a number of hikers who have traveled this distance in a day so it is attainable. At the moment, I am experimenting with hydration and nutrition and walking as far as my body will let me. I may alternate carrying a large pack and running to get conditioned.

The 35 mile hike last year found me in the 190/200 pound range. In the low 170s I am considerably lighter than last year so there is a lot of potential for get back in a travelling groove. I am flush with drive and motivation and try to surround myself with others of like mind.

So, just a few days ago, I spoke with a woman who is an avid backpacker and has been in the news for her technical skill in climbing and other physical pursuits.

She challenged my ego as to what is important to me and actually raised her voice in frustration that I had not been on the trail or practicing regularly on the Manitou Incline to meet my goal. Her personality demanded that nothing should stop me. It was a one sided conversation.

I was all fired up and ready to pull out the stops when realization hit me. This woman, fit as a fiddle and full of spit and vinegar had few if any meaningful relationships. She was so sold on herself and her newsworthiness that she was toxic.

My family comes first, and it is not important enough to me to train for excellence day in and out. I am not willing to sacrifice what I hold dear.

Gardening has been a well-placed distraction, but it does not bother me much. I love putting effort into Willow Manor. When I think of delicate plants, I think of my Beloved, my children, and my friends. They require my attention and care.

Will I walk 50 miles in 24 hours this year? Who knows. I would like to, but I need to consider what’s important to me.

Author: The Storyteller

Benjamin Thiel is a husband, father, correctional professional and author of The Ongoing Tale at Brothers Campfire. His favorite quote is "Don't count the lions. It will make you afraid and slow you down."

39 thoughts on “Bible Studies, Growth, Girth, and Going the Distance.”

  1. At a hefty 325 I walked 3 miles today listening to some Kirk Franklin Gospel, because I am more than determined to get fit yet again. Extremely proud of my walk today. Great post brother, inspiring.

    1. Well done, Matt. You keep listening to that uplifting music and getting out. Pace yourself. I didn’t and I think it has a little bit to do with losing my gall bladder.

  2. Bravo nephew! 👏. You have your priorities in the right place. Remember the woman at the well. She kept trying to find complete fulfillment in the wrong things. At the well, she was given the water she needed that put her in the position where she would never thirst again. 🙌

  3. I’m glad you came to that final conclusion. Also, I feel like I got a workout just reading this, so I’m good. Thanks for that! 😀

  4. Yup – what is meant for her is not meant for everyone!

    We all find our own paths in life ❤️

    You made me think of that song … “I’m gonna be” … I would walk 500 miles 🎶 lol

    😄❤️ life your life the way you love it ❤️ cherish the important things, enjoy all the moments… and stay away from anything toxic!!

    Some people are just that way.

  5. It’s always good to keep in mind what’s important. Not totally the same, but still: when I was growing up it was repeatedly drummed into my head how I should be ambitious and the best at everything and I used to dream of an epic science job abroad where I’d be the next industry leader. Fast forward a few years and even though I’m doing a PhD and am quite good at what I do, I’m also very much in love and chose to come back to my country to build a life with my boyfriend and my family. Luckily I have good career opportunities here even if I might have to work a lot harder for similar goals, and that was of course a huge factor, because I don’t think I’d be happy if I’d have come back to a dead end job and no growth prospects, but it’s still hard for people to understand how I could go study abroad and still come back, which they see as a step back even though it isn’t, because unless you get Bill Gates level lucky, most of the first world countries are actually about the same, specially for an engineer. Younger me wouldn’t understand this, but a career (whichever kind) isn’t everything and if you want to be a well-rounded person with a life, gardening, love, family, cooking, hobbys etc. are equally important. I find most people who dedicate their whole life to a specific career just up and die one day once they can’t work anymore (either literally or metaphorically).

    1. Petra, you are an incredible person and I appreciate and applaud your outlook on life. Family and meaningful relationships are beautiful and careers are a mechanism to enhance those day-to-day enjoyments.

      It is always nice to hear the wisdom of the great Erratic Engineeress!

    1. Family first, family everything! I walked 35 miles from Pueblo to Colorado Springs last year. Gardening has always been a passion, imparted by my grandmother.

      Thank you for dropping by Crystal! It is always nice to have you at the Campfire!

  6. You can do it! AND it is more important to follow Jesus and not get ahead of Him and His timing. When it is right to spend your time in that manner, He’ll let you know. Good for you for putting the first things first. You won’t go wrong if you continue on with your priorities in the correct order!

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