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Well, so much for a regular update on the status of my 101 Things list.  I haven’t even been very good at keeping up the list here at the site.  I did go back and make some updates, though – so here’s what’s new with 101 Things:

#1: Call one friend a month just to catch up
I’ve done a fairly decent job of keeping up on this one, making some intentional effort to connect with friends the good-old fashioned way over the phone.  So far, three months and at least three phone calls.

#20: Read the Bible in its entirety
Thanks to seminary classes that require a fairly heavy amount of Bible-reading, I’ve been keeping up with this one.  So far: Matthew, Mark, John and Galatians (all for classes), and Philippians (during my silent retreat at Mowana)

#30: Attend 30 On-Turf Youth Events
Three PSHS varsity basketball games, one community league indoor soccer game, and a spaghetti dinner sponsored by the PSHS volleyball teams.

#43: Complete the One Hundred Pushups Challenge
I began this program at the same time as the Two Hundred Situps Challenge.  After four weeks of the program, I am currently able to do 32 consecutive pushups.  I’m hoping to be able to do 100 by the time the next few weeks are over!

#47: Tackle the Tower
Finished!  February 7th Scott and I joined a group from PLC to Tackle the Tower for Ronald McDonald House.  It may not have been my best athletic performance to date, but I did it nonetheless!

#49: Complete the 200 Situps Challenge
Finished!  After completing only four weeks of the six-week challenge, I was able to do 210 crunches on 4/5/09.  I will be finishing the last two weeks of the program and then maintaining by doing a minimum of 200 crunches three times per week.

#52: Read and Finish 101 Books
I’ve definitely been keeping busy with this one – between reading for classes and a voracious appetite for personal reading that I’ve had lately, my list now includes the following titles:

  • The Shack by: William P. Young
  • The Synoptic Problem by: Mark Goodacre
  • Mad Church Disease by: Anne Jackson
  • She Said Yes by: Misty Bernall
  • The Way of the Heart by: Henri Nouwen
  • Holy Bible, Human Bible by: Gordon Oliver
  • Eat This Book by: Eugene Peterson
  • The Last Word by: NT Wright
  • Fundamentalism and American Culture by: George Marsden
  • The Real Billy Sunday by: Lyle Dorsett
  • Crazy Love by: Francis Chan

In addition to those, I’ve got about nine more that I am currently in the middle of reading both for class, ministry and personal enjoyment.

#53: Spend an entire day in silence
Finished!  In fact, I spent two entire days in silence while on a personal silent retreat at Camp Mowana from March 22nd through 24th.

#54: Watch 101 movies I have never seen before
Added to the last list are: Wall-E, The Final Cut, and Down With Love

#82: Go one week without logging into Facebook
Finished!  And beyond a week, since I gave up Facebook for Lent, it has currently been 41 days since I was last on Facebook.

#88: Spend at least 15 days at Camp Mowana
Two down, 13 more to go!  I’m definitely hoping to make a few more silent retreats down to Mowana during this 1001 days, and hopefully a few trips with the youth group and this goal will be more than met!

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“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates.  For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.” Exodus 7:8-11

This is one of the more difficult commands from God for me to obey.  There are others (you know, thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, etc.) that come fairly easy for me, but this one – remember the Sabbath is a difficult one for me.  We live in a culture that honors busyness, where the more you “do” the better off you are.  Honoring the Sabbath has become sort of a “lost art” in 21st century America.  Yet, it is a command from God, and one that I believe we should all strive to obey.

When I woke up this morning (at 11:00am – I love sleeping in!) and booted up my computer, I noticed something very very rare as I did my normal “Monday morning” things.  I flipped through the four open tabs in my Firefox browser, checked for new updates from my friends on Facebook, caught up on blog posts in my Google reader, and then flipped to my Google calendar to what I found to be a rather pleasant surprise:  In the next three weeks, there are currently 8 days on my calendar that have NOTHING scheduled on them.

This season, though it is a busy one for the church is affording me the incredible opportunity to rest, and I couldn’t be more excited.  Sure, I’ll probably spend some of these days doing “productive” things, but I have the luxury of doing those things at my own pace.

Most of all, during these next three weeks I hope to remember the Sabbath… to spend time resting in the love of my Savior, reading for pleasure, writing and recording some music, and just enjoying the company of family and friends.  Sure, there are going to be some days in the next three weeks that are busy and chaotic, but they’re balanced out by days of nothing.

So, as I enjoy this season of Sabbath remembering, I hope you will also find the same.  That you can enjoy this season of expectation and celebration of the incarnation of God in the birth of Jesus Christ, and simply rest.

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