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Although it is not a comprehensive indication, still those measurements from high school are proven to be a good general indication of health.  Time to brush up on those push-ups!

Push-Ups
Number of push-ups by age group

Age: 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-59 60+
Superior 62 52 40 39 28
Excellent 47 39 30 35 23
Good 37 30 24 19 18
Fair 29 24 18 13 10
Poor 22 17 11 9 6
Very Poor 13 9 5 3 2
Age: 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-59 60+
Superior 45 39 33 28 20
Excellent 36 31 24 21 15
Good 30 24 18 17 12
Fair 23 19 13 12 5
Poor 7 11 6 6 2
Very Poor 9 4 1 0 0
Age: 20-29 30-39 40-49
Superior 42 39 20
Excellent 28 23 15
Good 21 15 13
Fair 15 11 9
Poor 10 8 6
Very Poor 3 1 0

1-Minute Sit-Ups
Number of sit-ups by age group

Age: <20 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-59 60+
Superior 62 55 51 47 43 39
Excellent 51 47 43 39 35 30
Good 47 42 39 34 28 22
Fair 41 38 35 29 24 19
Poor 36 33 30 24 19 15
Very Poor 27 27 23 17 12 7
Age: <20 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-59 60+
Superior 55 51 42 38 30 28
Excellent 46 44 35 29 24 17
Good 36 38 29 24 20 11
Fair 32 32 25 20 14 6
Poor 28 24 20 14 10 3
Very Poor 25 18 11 7 5 0

Sit And Reach Flexibility
Distance of reaches in inches, by age group (more…)

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“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.”
(James 1:22-25 ESV)

If there is one thing that characterizes Christians today, I would offer that it is inaction.  No, I don’t mean that we don’t do anything, for we certainly are busy.  But we aren’t making the changes that God prescribes.  Certainly, while 47% of those Americans polled in 2005 said that they attend church on a given Sunday and perhaps qualify as hearers of the Word, sadly the state of affairs in our nation betrays the great void between hearing and doing.  James paints this stark picture by offering two illustrations, one of a man and his mirror, and another and the law.

A Pastoral Call to Action

1. The Hearer Only –

First we must understand this mirror used in the illustration.  It is perhaps the only mechanical object used in a parable or illustration, and is different than our mirrors in many ways.  First, it was not common.  We have mirrors all around us, but they would have to be deliberate to seek one out.  They didn’t know how they looked at every moment.  Second, it was primarily for the wealthy.  Mirrors were made of highly polished metal, and were highly valued.  And third, the image it offered was unclear and obscured.  One did merely glance in the mirror, but would gaze into it to distinguish himself and his features.

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Well, I was not completely successful this week, but it has been an encouraging start.  Here continue the resolutions:

  1. I will be in bed by 1am every day.
  2. I will wake up by 9am every day.
  3. I will play no single-player games.

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To Love God

A dear friend posed a poignant question to me tonight.  What, if anything, would I hope or desire for the future?  Among the answers I gave, finally I lit upon one that became the focal point of our conversation.

Simply put, I wish for myself, for my family, for my friends, and for all people to grow in love for God.

If we were to love God more, it logically follows that we would love the world less.  Should we love the world less, we would not be distracted by the shiny things it offers.  If we were to love God more, we would seek to please him and glorify him willingly and often.  Should we seek to please him, we would not need to moderate behavior and tell people what to or not to do.  If we were to love God more, we would spend time with him in his Word and grow in knowledge and in his grace.  This is my prayer, that we love God more.

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Personal Resolutions

It’s never to early to begin to set resolutions! I’ve realized over the course of this semester that I’ve been compromising on many things (sleep especially), and being the type that likes structure, I’ll be setting some tangible boundaries/guidelines for myself as well as thoughts upon which to meditate. Each week I’ll add something new, which hopefully will be enough time for past resolutions to become a healthy habit and the current resolution to be memorable.

  1. I will be in bed by 1am every day.

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Saturday Sentences II

Many of these sentences may need some explanation, but that defeats the purpose of the post. Hopefully some of them provoke consideration or interest and are edifying to you this weekend.

Quotes:

  • “He that at a feast feeds with temperance has much greater pleasure of what he eats and drinks than he that gluts himself and vomits it up again.” -Jonathan Edwards
  • “Why polish the brass on a sinking ship?” -Unknown
  • “We should enjoy the taste of honey.” -Jonathan Edwards
  • Mark Twain’s reason to believe in God. “Israel.”
  • “God has made us for himself, and we are restless, until we find our rest in him.”-Augustine
  • “We don’t typically enjoy thinking of ourselves as not worthy of something; in fact, we often think we deserve far more than we do.” -Stephen Nichols
  • “Doubtless that which is a part of the happiness of heaven is pleasant and delightful here in this world.” -Jonathan Edwards
  • “Each night, as I confront my need again for sleep, I’m reminded that ‘m a dependent creature. I am not self-sufficient.” -C.J. Mahaney

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Faith in Action: Driving

I do not admit to driving dangerously nor grieving other drivers.  In fact, I consider myself a very good driver.  Yet as I was commuting home this afternoon I realized the depth of my depravity as evidenced through my driving, and how our attitudes on the road are very much a litmus test of our personality and character.

Recently I’ve been convicted about driving much closer to the speed limit.  For this reason I make a conscious effort not to always catch up to the car in front of me.  It takes some discipline, but I remind myself not to be in a hurry and to budget sufficient time to get from place to place.  This afternoon I watched as a car began to draw near from behind me, signaled to the right, and began to accelerate in an clear attempt to pass.  (more…)

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