Monday, August 14, 2006


On Saturday, Steve Allgeyer came to Jefferson City to provide training for the core team that takes care of our tri-parish Lifeteen Program. Steve works for Lifeteen nationally, and did an excellent job. Click here to learn more about Lifeteen.

In addition to providing good tools and resources for our ministry, Steve talked with us about personal spirituality. His point was that if we were going to lead young people into a deeper relationship with Christ and His church, we had better take care of ourselves first. After listening to him, and filling out a personal spiritual inventory, I realized that there were two areas of my life that I needed to work on: creating a strong, consistent prayer life, and taking care of my body.

The first is prayer.

I dont' want to give the impression that I don't pray, because I do. What I lack is a significant chunk of time during my day that belongs to God alone. I pray to God throughout the day, at meals, and certainly at Church. There isn't any time, though, that I can just focus on God and center myself. I would very much like to change this. Here's what I would like to work towards:

I would like to get to the point that I spend 30 minutes a day in prayer. To be truthful, I would like that to be a full hour, but I need to start with a goal that seems attainable. My schedule is such that trying to find the same time every day will be somewhat impossible. I plan to start with just five minutes, then work my way to ten, fifteen, twenty, twenty-five, then on to thirty minutes. I know this won't be easy, but I need to make my actions reflect my belief that God is in charge of my life, not me.

The second is weight loss.

This is not something I can hide from anyone. This morning, I stepped on the scale and it read: 249 lbs. I wish I could say that I was shocked and saddened to be at that weight, but that would not be truthful. Six months before I married Erin, I she and I started doing Weight Watchers, with unbelievable results. I ended up dropping 50 lbs! I looked and felt better than I had in years. Since getting married, however, I have reverted back to my old habits of eating too much of the wrong things, and not exercising at all. I want that to be different.

I want to lose 70 lbs. That may seem like a lofty goal, but after losing 50 lbs. at one point, 70 doesn't seem like that much more. I am partly inspired by my mother who has lost almost that much since she started eating better and exercising a few months ago. I still remember the things I learned in my Weight Watchers experience. I know how to eat right, I just don't do it. I know how to stay active, I've just been lazy.

I'm calling this effort: 70/30: Seventy for weight, thirty for prayer. That may seem like a lot to take on all at once, but I think I can do it. I don't think the two are exclusive from one another. What I'm trying to do is be a healthier all-around person. I believe that by doing that, I will be a better husband, father, youth minister, musician, and speaker. I'm going to need your help, though.

As I start this effort, which begins today, I am going to need the people around me to not only pray for me, but help me make good choices as well. I am weak when it comes to fast food, portion sizes, and snacking. It would also be good for you to ask me how my prayer life is going. That will help keep me honest. I will post a weekly update to this blog letting you know how it's going.

Thanks for reading this long post. Since we are supposed to all help each other be healthier and live as Christians, if I can help you in your jouney, please don't hesitate to ask.



  1. Good Luck Shannon! I know it's tough I have the same struggles both spiritually and with my weight. You can count on my prayers.


  2. Shannon -

    You are courageous to post this so publicly and admit to weaknesses of any sort. Our half of Oddwalk is behind you and will ask you to reciprocate when it comes to any of our weaknesses and our hopes to better ourselves.

  3. These are goals that I know many people are working on - maybe people could share in your goals themselves...

    We could be a little online support group. (awww)

  4. Shannon,

    I will have oatmeal creme pies and boxes of pizza rolls at the ready for you when you're through.



  5. Dear Me,

    While the thought of getting bigger is tempting, I'm going to have to pass. I was wondering, though, if you knew where I could get a copy of "I Don't Know Much" by Aaron Neville and Linda Ronstadt.

    Apologies to everyone who isn't following this conversation. Anonymous isn't so anonymous to me.

  6. Shannon,
    Nice going, you're an inspiration!! You can count on my prayers. Since you'll be praying so much more I ask for yours too.
    love ya lots,

  7. Shannon
    Do you know who I am?
    Not Me

  8. Dear Not Me,

    Are you Alan Alda? If you aren't Alan Alda, then I'm out of guesses.


  9. You are amazing!! Are you psycho or something!


  10. Dear not me,

    Did you mean psychic or was that a joke?


  11. poor attempt at a joke considering I don't think the "psychics" are anything more than people who prey on the vulnerable.

    Know this has turned into sounding serious.

    Being that it has turned serious!! I will tell you that I will be praying that you meet your goals and surpass them.

  12. Not me,

    Thanks! I see an answered prayer in your future. That's at least what the cards tell me. Speaking of cards...GO CARDS!!