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      Celebrating 100 Days!!!

       Today is the 100th day of 2008.  Did you forget?
      As of today, I feel like I have accomplished quite a bit so far this year:
      350.6 miles of running
      24.6 miles of biking
      182 floors of the stair master
      5,050 sit-ups
      Resumed playing the saxophone
      Practiced 37 times (not including my lessons)
      Accepted a promotion at work
      Helped to lead a marriage small group
      Read 3 books (and parts of several more)
      Successfully memorized 24 verses relating to Evangelism
      Painted a couple of rooms at the house
      Planted my "grape vineyard"
      So far, it's been a great year, and I look forward to many things to come.
      One of the things that I am most looking forward to is my annual camping trip with the guys over Memorial Day weekend.  That's right in 44 days, I will be camping.  I have been part of this event for 18 or 19 straight years (minus one missed year for a family function).  This is a weekend that I look forward to every year.  Obviously, I look forward to the good times together with great friends.  The main reason that I look forward to this weekend is that these are guys who have my back.
      One of the verses that I'm memorizing right now is found in Hebrews 10:24-25:  "And let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching."  As the years have passed, we've all experienced various challenges.  It is incredible to know that we have this brotherhood and a common bond in Christ that keeps us glued together despite the fact that we all live miles apart and see each other only a few times a year.
      Until the next post, I'm looking forward to celebrating the 200th day of 2008…