I'm a superhero runner on a rant!

     Today will be mishmash of updates and just one small rant. First off, I'm a runner now. At least I have been for 2.5 weeks, but I think I'm almost to the point of enjoying the torture...I mean exercise. I'm following the Couch to 5k plan, and the little app on my Ipod tells me when to run or walk and it plays my music for me. =) It makes the experience about as enjoyable as it's going to be for a beginner. Up to now, I wouldn't call myself a runner because I wasn't sure I would stick to it, but after tonight, I know my feelings have changed. 
     You see, today I developed one my BAD headaches. It's the kind that has me just on this side of functional. It started to go away but came back with a vengeance this evening. Now you might not believe what I'm about to tell you, but it's true. When I get one of these headaches, the most reliable cure I've found is McDonald's. Really. I don't know why. I don't really want to know why, but it's true. Tonight we were almost home, and I wanted the Golden Arches BAD! (Not badly, BAD). I was almost set in my mind that after we put the kids to bed, I'd run out, get some french fries, lose the headache, and gain 5 pounds. I knew it was wrong though, and I didn't want the 5 pounds so I decided to run instead.  And that's what I did. I ran a couple of miles and fought off my McDonald's craving! I still have the headache, but I'm praying it will go away. So yeah, I'm a runner now. **standing tall and proud with wind blowing my hair like a superhero**
    And now for my mini-rant. In the past few weeks I've heard of or seen examples of people being judged in church because of how they worship.  Quite a topic change, eh? Hey, I'm Canadian now! Just kidding, back to the topic at hand. I heard of a person being told to take things down a notch because they bowed down during a song about...well, take a guess. YES, BOWING DOWN! What a novel thing to live what you're singing to God. How outrageous to tell people that they're worshiping wrong. 
      On the other hand...how outrageous to tell people that they're worshiping wrong when they don't bow down, raise their hands, or clap. So much emphasis is on the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart. I am not a loud person. If you're a church person, you've probably heard someone lament the fact that people will stand, cheer, jump, wave, and scream for their favorite sports team or band, but they're stoic at church. Well, I'm one of those people that will go to a concert (rarely, I admit) and sit there. I'll clap when the song is over, I'll smile, but I'm not stage diving or anything crazy. ;)   I probably look bored out of my mind, but I'm not! You have no idea what I'm thinking or feeling.  I'm enjoying myself immensely!
     Please don't judge me because I stand still during songs at church. Don't tell me that I'm worshiping wrong, that God won't "smile at my worship."  It doesn't mean I'm worshiping less, and it doesn't mean the person waving their hands is worshiping more. It does mean that I turned my thoughts to wondering what people think of my supposed lack of exuberance which then made me feel guilty because I was thinking about what other people were thinking instead of really worshiping in the first place. Yes, yes, that's a run-on sentence, but it was a run-on thought! 
     There are just so many more important things to worry about than whether or not a person claps and raises their hands at church. Like people dying. Or families falling apart because of divorce. Or friends living their entire lives and never hearing about the HOPE we have in Jesus because we don't want to offend anyone.  Let me not-clap in peace!
    Alright. My not-so-mini rant is over. =)


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