My Spiritual Workout of the Day

By Ron Pereira

my-spiritual-workoutI’ve recently made a few tweaks to my morning routine as it relates to the “spiritual workout” I go through.  Here’s my process in case you’d like to make any changes or additions to your daily spiritual work.

First, I read the Gospel of the day which is usually followed by a short commentary using the Evangelizo app on my iPhone.  There’s also an Android version.

From here I now head to the Catena Aurea for a deeper reflection on the day’s Gospel reading.  The Catena Aurea is pretty amazing… here’s a high level description.

St. Thomas Aquinas’ Catena Aurea is the masterpiece anthology of Patristic commentary on the Gospels and includes the work of over eighty Church Fathers.

Imagine a round-table discussion of the Gospels among the supreme theologians of the Church. The Catena Aurea is very close! St. Thomas Aquinas compiled this opus from sermons and commentaries on the Gospels written by the early Church Fathers, arranging their thoughts in such a way that they form a continuous commentary on each Gospel. For each of the four Gospel writers, the Catena Aurea starts by indicating the verses to be analyzed, then taking each verse phrase-by-phrase, provides the early Fathers insights into the passage.

Sometimes I move through these reflections quickly… other times I may sit and stare at one of the commentaries and really reflect on what it means.  And, truth be told, sometimes I just sit and stare and wonder what in the heck that church father meant… I’ve even said this a few times!

I believe there are a few free versions of the Catena Aurea available online if you want to do some Google research.

Finally, after the Catena Aurea readings I head over to the iBreviary app where I read parts of the Office of Readings.  The app is a little crazy to use when you first start.  Here’s what I do.

  1. Open the app on my iPhone
  2. Click the “Today” link at the top of the app
  3. Click on “Pray” in the top left corner of the app
  4. Click on Office of Readings
  5. I then scroll down to the First and Second Readings and give those a read

By this time I usually have small children beginning to roam about so I begin to wrap things up before heading out to the barn to suffer well during a physical workout!

I’d really like to hear your morning spiritual routine in the comments section below.  What do you read?  How long do you spend?  If you’re reading this via email you’ll need to click through to the website in order to leave a comment.  Just click the title of the article at the top.

Until next time… be holy, eat clean, and do more push-ups!

Active Rest

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Hopefully you all were able to enjoy a day with family and friends and set aside some time to account for the many blessings that you are thankful for. It’s important that we can take some time for leisure and a break from work, chores, and the millions of other responsibilities we are burdened with daily to feast with those we love in gratitude.

But what happens when the feast is over and your black Friday sales shopping spree is complete? Do we continue to feast through the weekend and risk losing the gains we’ve made in our wellness journey? In order that your intentional lifestyle doesn’t begin to unravel, I challenge you all to stay active over the weekend so that it will be easy for you to jump back into the healthy habits that you are working to form.

Our 40 day Wellness Plan consists of rest days that we refer to as “active rest”. Active rest certainly means to take a break from the push-ups and squats that you have become accustomed to trudging through. However, instead of totally taking your foot off the gas, Ron and I recommend that your rest days include moderate physical activity that is directed towards your family. For example, play a game of basketball or football with your kids or push the couch out of the way, turn some music up and ask your wife to dance.

So, over the holiday weekend take some prescribed “active rest” and find fun ways to interact with your family that will get your bodies moving. If you are having trouble thinking of something, try and see who can last the longest in a “death by push up” competition. Complete 1 push up in the 1st minute, 2 push-ups in the second minute and so on. When you can’t complete all of the reps (correctly) in the minute then you are out. The last man or woman standing is the push up champ.

Share with us what you decided to do, we’d love to know!

Be Strong. Be Holy.

Why I’m Horrified of Failure

jocko-fear-or-failureWhile there are many different types of fear I believe the fear of failure may be the most debilitating since it keeps us from taking action.

Do you want to start your own company but doubt you have what it takes? That’s the fear of failure.

Do you want to get back into shape but, deep inside, know you’ll probably give up after a few weeks… so what’s the point in even starting? Perhaps you’ve been at it for a few months but fear that pull-up bar so you’re doing your very best to avoid it. That’s also the fear of failure.

Or, perhaps you want to stop confessing the same sin month after month but you know there’s no way you’ll be able to consistently say no when temptation whispers in your fatigued ear late at night. That, my brothers and sisters in Christ, is the fear of failure.

So, when we’re wracked with fear, unable to move, how should we respond?

Well, as it turns out, I recently came across a powerful video by a man named Jocko Willink who addressed this very question. Mr. Willink is a former US Navy Seal and one of the most intense motivators I’ve come across. Now I don’t know Mr. Willink’s religious affiliation and, to be clear, I don’t always agree with everything he says and especially how he says it.

But, when it comes to overcoming the fear of failure I was quite taken by his advice.  You see, Jocko actually turns things around and encourages us to not only fear failure… he believes we should, in fact, become horrified of failure.

I’ll let Jocko elaborate in this short 2-minute video below (if you’re reading this via email you may need to click through to our website to see the video).  Please note there is one curse word in the video… sorry about that… when Mike and I begin to make our own videos I promise we won’t swear!

Until next time… be holy, eat clean, and do more push-ups!

Is it the Weekend Yet?

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Often I find myself dragging in the gym on Monday’s because of the hole that I worked so hard to dig during the weekend from the overindulgence of delectable foods and drink. I mention this issue because I have the feeling that I’m not the only one who has this experience. My work week is filled with routine and I am usually pretty dialed in to making healthy food choices to support my workouts. However, when Friday’s roll around I tend towards the desire to cut the chains of my wellness restrictions and delve into…well….whatever is in front of me. I’ve found that this cycle of transitioning between discipline, inordinate pleasure seeking and back to discipline causes havoc on my body and it is usually Wednesday by the time I feel like things are humming again.

I wanted to address this issue with some ideas to consider. I’m not suggesting that we just scrap all of our weekend joy, but rather I’d like to provide options so that we can maintain a visual on our mission, which is to gain self-mastery through fitness and nutrition in order that we experience the freedom to be open to an encounter with Christ.

Be Directed Toward the Other

Weekends are usually filled with celebrations amongst friends and family for various occasions and activities that we personally enjoy like watching football. We also find ourselves diving into projects at home or other hobbies. I recommend that if you are going to enjoy a drink or snack, like something filled with sugar, that you consider limiting these occasions on the weekend to times where you are with others. Whether that be a family get together to celebrate a birthday or accomplishment or just time spent with your wife, be intentional about when you choose to indulge on the finer things in life so that you can enjoy them with others. This will help us to avoid downing a 12 pack of beer while we work in the shop by ourselves or during a football watching bender. It will help us keep in mind the purpose for feasting…relationship, communion, and encountering the other.

Remember Your Mission

While we often fall into this trap and listen to the script in our heads which whispers that we ought to be able to toss off the shackles of our oppressive wellness plan, and enjoy life a little, this outlook can obscure the view of our mission…freedom. By indulging inordinately in food and drink on the weekends, we are not unchaining ourselves from undue restrictions, but rather run right into the trap and wrap ourselves in the chains of addiction which can result in the loss of freedom that we battle each week to acquire. While feasting at appropriate times is good and healthy, we must remember that our goal is to gain the freedom that God designed us for, and if we can’t say “no”, then our “yes” means nothing.

Don’t Beat Yourself Up

If you find that each Monday you are kicking yourself for the choices you made which makes your path to wellness and freedom an uphill battle, don’t beat yourself up. It’s very easy to fall into despair that we continuously repeat the same mistakes over and over. There is a reason that we seek out the great tasting food and drink that we indulge in on the weekends….they’re good! Rather than beating yourself up about your choices, or worse resigning to the idea that you can’t do anything about it, find a battle buddy to help you and don’t consider it a failure, but an opportunity to grow and learn about yourself. This person can be your wife or a friend who you can be vulnerable with. Set realistic goals with them before the weekend begins and check in during and after to report how you did.

These are just a few ways that you can actively change the trajectory of your wellness plan and create better Monday’s. While your bodily wellness is important, the larger battle that is taking place is the one you can’t see…the fight for your soul. It’s imperative to realize that the more we exteriorly look like warriors, we develop at the same time the self-discipline needed to be warriors for Christ.

 

Throwing Up on the Bus

throwing-up-on-the-busAs a young man, 7th grade to be exact, I struggled with extreme anxiety. It actually started around the 3rd grade. I blame a 2nd grade teacher who used to grab kids by the ear and yank them around the room. I don’t like to speak poorly of people… but this lady was bad news and while I’ve done my best to forgive her… I’ll never forget her.

So, by the time I was in 7th grade I was a bit of a wreck. I had started Junior High School, which meant I had a locker and had to switch classes every period.

Now, for most kids this isn’t a big deal. But, for whatever reason, I really struggled with it. I struggled with the stupid combination lock (still hate those things!) and I was constantly late to class… which got me in trouble… which only made me worry more.

And while this was bad enough it got worse. Much worse.

You see I had to ride the bus to school every day… it was around a 45-minute ride. And when you take a kid that struggles with carsickness and add in a healthy dose of anxiousness disaster results.

What sort of disaster? Well, I used to throw up every morning on that bus. In fact, when I boarded the bus the driver, a kind lady as memory serves me, used to hand me a bag to puke in. I’d then take my seat right behind her in the front row where I’d sit alone since no one in his or her right mind would want to sit by me.

My strategy was always the same… I’d lean forward and press my forehead against the green padded seat and close my eyes in hopes of not puking. It never worked. I always puked. Every morning.

Now, my neighbor at the time was in high school. His name is Jeff. He was a confident, smart, good looking young man who also played football and, you guessed it, had a beautiful girlfriend.

Jeff would board the bus the same time I did. I’d take the first seat and he’d walk to the back where he sat alone in the last row. He was about as cool, and collected, as a high school boy could be.

Since we were neighbors Jeff knew who I was but we didn’t exactly hang out if you know what I mean. This is one of the many reasons I was completely shocked the morning Jeff approached me at the bus stop and said, “Hey, why don’t you sit with me in the back of the bus today?”

I vividly remember saying, “Sorry? I didn’t hear you.” He repeated, “Why don’t you sit in the back of the bus with me today?”

By this time the bus had arrived and I didn’t even respond. Instead, I simply followed Jeff up the bus steps… grabbed my puke bag from the driver… and slowly walked to the back of the bus in order to sit beside the coolest high school kid I knew.

Now, Jeff was one of those young men who was just smooth and confident. He started talking to me about football and other random topics. Once I relaxed and realized this was really happening I was able to totally engage in the conversation.

Fast-forward 45-minutes and we pulled up to the high school where Jeff got off. When he stood up he said he’d talk to me later. I said, “OK” and basically sat there in disbelief at what had just transpired.

My school was about 5 minutes away and as we made our way it finally hit me. I didn’t throw up. In fact, I felt no anxiety. Actually, I felt amazing.

From that day on Jeff and I sat together on the bus and I never threw up again. In fact, a week or so after Jeff and I started to sit together the bus driver went to hand me my bag when I boarded the bus and I politely declined. I knew I’d never throw up as a result of nerves and anxiety again.

Jeff literally changed my life that day with one simple act of kindness. Now, I later learned that my mom approached Jeff’s mom about the situation. So, yes, Jeff was put up to it… but he still followed through with it and no one forced him to be kind to me every day after.

So, the reason I’m sharing this personal story here on Intentional Encounter is quite simple. Never, ever, underestimate how powerful a single act of kindness can be.

Now, I don’t want to be overly dramatic here… but I often wonder what my life would have looked like had I continued on with my anxiety issues. How long would I have continued to throw up on the bus? And had this anxiety stuck with me would it have impacted my adult life?

God has blessed with me so much. My Catholic faith. A beautiful family. Incredible friends. A successful company. And, now, this Intentional Encounter project.  And, even though I didn’t realize it at the time, God blessed me as young 7th grade boy when He ultimately lead me to the back seat of that school bus. I thank Him for this. I thank my Mom. And, I definitely thank Jeff. Sadly, I’ve lost touch with Jeff but definitely feel called to see if I can reconnect with him to ensure he knows how he impacted my life.

With all this said, my challenge to you is simple. Never underestimate the power of charity and kindness. In fact, the next time you sense someone is down on their luck and needs a little encouragement don’t wait for someone else to act. Walk up to them and buy them a cup of coffee. Invite them to lunch. Heck, simply smile and say hello. Just be kind. Will you change that person’s life immediately? Who knows? But there’s only one way to find out…. be courageous and try.

Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier. -St. Teresa of Calcutta

Until next time… be holy, eat clean, and do more push-ups!

Encounter

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Last week I attempted to unpack what it means to be Intentional and why this word was picked to describe our project. This week I would like to convey reasons that the word Encounter was used and how it fits into our vision.

Webster’s Dictionary defines “encounter” to mean “to meet someone without expecting or intending to”. Our project’s intent is to arrange this unexpected meeting between you and Christ.

Pope Francis continually speaks about an encounter with Jesus and the life altering experience that this has on people. In fact, I believe he gives us one of the best synthesis of the Gospel when he said

“Knowing Jesus is the best gift that anyone can ever receive. That we have encountered Him is the best thing that has happened in our lives. And making Him known by our deeds and words is our greatest joy.” – Pope Francis.

For many though, this message is foreign and mysterious. While poetic or altruistic sounding, often it just doesn’t resonate with our experience. First we must be sure to do the intellectual work to be able to conclude that Jesus actually existed and that Christianity is not just a compilation of life hacks for the nice guy.

Jim Warner Wallace, who was a cold case Detective and also an atheist, took this question head on. In his pursuit of truth he decided to apply the methods he used to corroborate and solve cold cases to the case of Jesus.  You can check out his journey here.

When we find ourselves in this position of suspended belief or are over run by distractions that hamstring our ability to think about the big questions, we can settle into a state of luke-warmness. Our outlook on a real encounter with Christ can seem distant and we appear more like indifferent spectators. The executioners who crucified Jesus fit into this category, wholly unaffected by the One who could be heard blessing instead of cursing from the Cross. However, Pope Francis continues to remind us that this encounter, this unexpected meeting, is possible; “an encounter with Jesus overcomes our indifference.” – Pope Francis.

I’d like to discuss four places where we can encounter Jesus: the Holy Eucharist, Scripture, the Poor and Suffering, and in our Common Prayer.

Holy Eucharist

 I am the Bread of Life (John 6:48).

Jesus said “unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you” (John 6:53). These words from Jesus were not figurative and it cost Him many disciples as they left after not coming to grips with what this meant.

The early Church Fathers and even Martin Luther, the first Protestant, believed in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. If this is true, and perhaps we just don’t have the eyes to see it, then Jesus truly seeks an encounter with us in the Eucharist.

I have encountered this truth through my 5 year old son, Dominic, who is profoundly affected with physical disabilities. God has given my wife and I front row seats to witness the consolation of being able to see our son encounter the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.

Dominic is typically very limited in the ways he can express himself (he is unable to talk) or move his body purposefully and he has profound visual impairment. However, since he was a baby, when he could only see shadows, he is different when encountering Our Lord in the Eucharist. While seated in front of the Eucharist and especially during the Consecration, his normally impaired vision becomes purposefully fixed on someone that no one else can see and he throws his arms up intentionally and smiles from ear to ear. He makes forced sounds through his trach of delight and excitement. Once he even rolled towards the altar. He couldn’t roll at this point.

Lately though, as his vision has improved and his metal status has matured a bit, he sobs during Mass. This began with only sobbing only during Holy Communion (every Sunday without fail) and has progressed recently to sobbing during the entirety of the Mass. He sometimes is so wild with sorrow emergency medical measures must be taken such as last week when his trach needed to be changed and oxygen applied throughout Mass. When Mass ends, he stops. Just like that.

Years ago the diocese made a video about Dominic to share with others about his vocation for their annual pro-life banquet, you can watch it here.

“If we did not have the adorable Eucharist here below, Jesus our God-with-us, this earth would be much too sad, this life too hard, and time too long. We must be grateful to the divine goodness for having left us this hidden Jesus, this pillar of cloud and fire in this desert,” – St. Peter Julian Eymard

Scripture

“Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ” – St. Jerome

Scripture is the next sure place where we can have an encounter with Christ. The Bible is inspired and God breaths through each word of the text and wants us to meet Him there if we have the ears to hear. I’ve often been confused and overwhelmed by the Bible. Most books that we pick up are read from front to back and convey a story that is chronological and fluid. The Bible, however, can feel disjointed and laborious to comb through. While learning more about Scripture you will find that it is in fact the greatest story ever told and builds on itself to its climax in which Christ offers Himself for you and me in order that we be eternally happy.

In order to make a little more sense of things, the books in the Bible can be viewed more like a Sunday newspaper. There are various inspired genres and literary tools used to convey the truth in the Bible. So using the analogy, we wouldn’t read the sports section of the newspaper in the same way that we read the business section or the editorials for that matter. We are able to place these different styles of writing into their context in order to draw from them the message that is being sent. So it is with Sacred Scripture. If we just open a page to any random place, we can and will encounter God, but it can be more helpful to know where that fits in the narrative story that God has scripted and the context behind the style in which it is written. I highly recommend Jeff Cavin’s Bible Study titled “The Great Adventure, A Journey Through the Bible”.

If you desire to have an encounter with Christ, then it is imperative that we sit with Scripture and soak it in. If we don’t, then we inevitably come up with our own image of who God is, and will miss what He has to say to you, by name, each time that you open it.

Poor and Suffering

“Seeing and adoring the presence of Jesus, especially in the lowly appearance of bread, and in the distressing disguise of the poor.” – St. Teresa of Calcutta

Another place where we can encounter the Living God, is in the poor and those who are suffering. Jesus said “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me” (Matthew 25:35-36). St. Teresa of Calcutta is a prime example of a person who having encountered Jesus in the Eucharist daily, went out to seek Him in the poor and suffering.

While this can sound a little over the top, “great he wants me to be like Mother Teresa”, there are people who are suffering all around us…loved ones, family members, co-workers. We don’t have to look far or move to Calcutta India to find the poor and suffering in order to encounter Christ in them.

I want to share the story of a family who I am blessed to be friends with who have suffered tremendously this year but God has been acting and moving in their lives like reading straight out of the Acts of the Apostles. When given the choice of despair and brokenness or hope and joy, they choose the latter. Find out about the Lustig family journey here.

When things are going well and we are swept away by the pleasures and distractions of this world it is tough to hear Him, but when suffering comes our way, and it is coming, God shouts in order to have an encounter with us.

“God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” – C.S. Lewis

Prayer

“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them” (Matthew 18:20)

God tells us that He is seeking that unexpected meeting when we gather to pray.  Praying simply is a dialogue with God.  Whether the prayer is something recited or spontaneous, we are lifting up our hearts to God and building a relationship with Him.  The most obvious place to start gathering for prayer is in your own family and marriage.  Learning to pray together, out loud, as a couple and a family demonstrates our need for Him and is a concrete place where He dwells.

In order to begin a deep prayer life it is helpful to know what to say.  Sort of like having an awkward silence on a first date after the initial introductions, prayer can be tough…and it’s not always intuitive.  Here are some helpful ways that you can begin praying with your wife and as a family.

·         Blessing and Adoration – Humble acknowledgment of we are creatures of the Holy Creator.

·         Petition – Asking for pardon and for our needs both spiritually and materially.

·          Intercession – Asking on behalf of the other which even extends to one’s enemies.

·         Thanksgiving – Giving thanks for every event and gift bestowed on us.

Hopefully you can see that an encounters with God is truly possible and can bring the greatest joy to our lives.  At Intentional Encounter we want to create opportunities for you to encounter Him and to taste and see the joy and peace which flows from it.  By using an incremental and intentional process where you order yourself physically and become trained in the art of suffering and discipline, we believe you will begin to be open to that unexpected meeting, an encounter with Christ.

Winning with Grace

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God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble (James 4:6).

I managed to stay awake until around 1:00 AM CT but finally gave in and went to bed. Around 2:30 AM my wife asked me who won… I grabbed my phone and did a quick refresh and couldn’t believe my eyes – Donald Trump actually won the Presidency of the United States. Donald Trump. President.

To say I didn’t expect this result is the understatement of the century. In fact, I want to own up to something here… I actually wrote an entire article yesterday centered on the premise that Hillary Clinton won. I know… I should have had more faith. I should have believed. I didn’t. And, man, was I wrong.

So here we are the day after. Facebook is abuzz with snarky comments and memes from conservatives making fun of Hillary and her supporters. Hillary supporters are on the counteroffensive with equally snarky comments about moving to Canada and how the world is about to come to an end. And all the hate, and crappy attitudes by both sides, simply amplifies the division of this country.

My personal wish, actually more like my personal prayer, is that those who are happy Trump won (or simply that Hillary lost) will exhibit a little grace, kindness, and humility. Like I tell my kids when they play sports and see some success… act like you’ve done it before and plan to do it again. Win and lose with class.

It hurts to lose an election and rubbing salt into your Hillary supporting friend’s wounds doesn’t make you a bigger person… and if you enjoy making your liberal leaning friends suffer more than they already are I have to wonder how good of a friend you really are.

So, celebrate the win with friends and loved ones if you supported Trump. Be excited about what the future may bring to our country.  But realize we are all, ultimately, on the same team. We are all Americans.

So if you have family or friends who supported Hillary give them a day or two… then give them a call and show a little kindness and compassion. And, please, stop with all the Facebook hate… it just makes you look like a jerk who doesn’t know how to handle success.

Until next time… be holy, eat clean, and do more push-ups.

Living Intentionally

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Recently while reading “Life of Union with Mary” by Emile Neubert (pick it up, trust me), I ran across the French proverb: “Qui trop embrasse, mal étreint,” which means “he who reaches for too much, grasps nothing.” This nugget of wisdom struck me because I fall in this trap often. I find myself seemingly paralyzed from progressing. I’ve got lots grand ideas of what I ought to be doing or the person I think I should be, but I never seem able check the box and make any head way. Goal setting, whether it is professionally or personally, is an important step in creating change in one’s life. However, if we aren’t making incremental small wins every day then we can get trapped in the lie that we will never see the change in ourselves we yearn for.

This French proverb fits into the project that Ron and I have begun at Intentional Encounter. While we hope that this perspective of living intentionally helps others, the honest truth is that it is a most important step in my journey. Many of us find ourselves on the fence of life and never engage in change because well… it’s daunting. Where do I start? I’ve failed a hundred times before so what makes me think I can change this time? All of these kinds of questions swirl in our heads when looking to alter the trajectory of our lives.

If we are to grasp something and begin to crawl out of the hole we have dug for ourselves, then we must begin with a choice. Want to get in shape? Become a better disciple? Rekindle your relationship with your bride? Get promoted? Be a source of joy for your kids? Then we must begin incrementally and intentionally to do so.

If my goal is to get in better shape, start by doing 10 push-ups, 10 crunches and 10 squats. Then put a check mark on your list for the day because you had a choice and you crushed it. Each meal requires a decision. Pick up a grilled chicken salad covered in Balsamic Vinegar instead of Ranch, add a handful of nuts and chase it with some water. Check lunch off, because you killed that too. By looking at your goals in this way and breaking open the daily decisions that you encounter, you will make progress.

Soon, you’ll be able to look back on the day and see all the ways you’ve succeeded which will fuel the next day with the momentum needed to continue the path towards your goal. Becoming intentional about our daily activity flows through every aspect of our life. Reach for what’s in front of you daily while keeping the vision of your final objective.   If we get caught reaching for too much too soon, we are in danger of grasping nothing.

The Day is Near

trump-vs-hillaryIn a few days the United States will have a new president. Now, I don’t pretend to be a political expert and, to be 100% transparent, it all makes my head hurt… especially this time around.

I did watch some of the debates but had to turn it off since I could hardly believe these are the two candidates the American people thought were our best options.

With all this said, I do realize how important this election is. The new president will appoint several Justices of the Supreme Court. This, to me, is what this election is about.

Now, I’ve read several articles and social media postings from solid, extremely conservative, Catholic folks who seem to be leaning towards not voting or possibly voting for a non major party candidate who has no chance of winning.  This doesn’t make any sense to me since I don’t expect any liberal leaning voter to vote for a non major party candidate… but to each their own I guess.

So, while I’m definitely not thrilled with the conservative option we have to work with… it is what it is and I’m going to vote for the major party candidate I believe will set the Supreme Court up in a conservative manner.  And while our conservative option isn’t exactly the poster boy for the Pro-Life movement we know, for sure, the liberal candidate completely supports abortion… even partial birth abortion.

With all of this said, the thing I’m doing my very best to remember is that no matter who our president is later this month Jesus will always be my King. And I have complete trust in Him and Him alone. He’ll never fail you or me so long as we hold the line and stay with Him.

What about you? How are you feeling about this election? What’s driving your thought process? The Supreme Court? Abortion? Emails? Criminal activity? A rich guy with a loud/obnoxious mouth?

I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.

Until next time… be holy, eat clean, and do more push-ups!