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Topic: Sport or Fitness (02/15/07)
TITLE: HE IS
By Paul Potenza
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He is 14 years old. He has made a decision to get in shape or die. He joins the wrestling team and, miracle of miracles, he becomes a jock. He is actually SOUGHT after by the guys and gals that had shunned him before. But he has an empty feeling in his much flatter belly. It is the summer of love so he does a lot of hitchhiking. You see, he is a runaway. On his journeys, he notices that a lot of people are hurting because they are missing something.
He is 17 years old. He now has an apartment. No more life on the street. No more diving into dumpsters for his one meal a day. But he sees that HE is hurting. He wonders about that.
He remembers his Pop. Old Poppy was the BEST influence in his life. Poppy had taught him about God. Nothing heavy handed, mind you. Just that to be physically fit was important, but to be SPIRITUALLY fit was MUCH more important. One night in the streets of Providence, Rhode Island, he remembered a scripture. That scripture said "If you draw near to God, He will draw near to you". So he said to God..."Look God, I'm going to look for you with everything that I have. If you're going to send me to Hell, You're going to have to do it because YOU haven't made the effort, not because I haven't." And so he started his spiritual workout plan.
He is 51 years old. He still talks with God every day. I'll grant you that some of his conversations are not for the faint of heart, but to be honest with you, I think that his Father understands. Workouts take a toll. But I'll tell you something else. He is surprised at the number of people who come to him for advice. He never would have dreamed that anyone would think of him as FIT.
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