Thursday, August 18, 2011
Today, I read in the Book of Mormon about Ammon's and his brothers' goal to reclaim the Lamanites. It says, (translated from my Italian BOM) "They supposed, infact, that they had undertaken a significant (great weight) work." I want to fill my life up with such endeavors. I believe that our common goal of getting healthy is a SIGNIFICANT work and requires diligence. But as I see in the posts of so many Sparkers, it rarely stops there. The successes and motivation to be a DOER does not end with personal fitness.
Last night, I essentially began my new role as a Varsity Scout coach. Most of the boys need the Personal Fitness Merit Badge. That requires that they develop and carry out a 12 week plan for improving their fitness. Last night, we did the baseline tests. First, we carried out our regularly scheduled activity which was that we went swimming. After the pool closed, we went back to the church. On previous nights, they all gather together to do something less "significant" such as playing dodgeball or basketball. Don't get me wrong--those are neither terrible activities, but there was something more significant that needed to be done. As I prepped them for the endeavor, there were some protests. I held gently strong. They complied and as they got anxiously engaged, their enthusiasm mounted. It was a learning experience for all and I think they now have the vision to complete the Merit Badge.