Even though we misread the schedule for Ghent and showed up too late for Andrew and I to run the 100 meter. We only had 20 minutes to warm up for the 200 meter. My 200 race went better than I thought it would. The one thing that was very difficult for me was the language barrier because everyone here in Belgium can speak multiple languages. So, running has been a chore. For example, at the start of my 200 race, the starter spoke in what I think was Dutch but it sounded French. EITHER WAY I UNDERSTOOD NOTHING, which resulted in me running in the bottom half of my warmup and coming out of the blocks dead last ! I was so confused. The last two meets were easier than this one to say the least. I am use to 3 commands (On your mark, set, BAM!). The starter gave 4 commands! I don’t know what was going on!
I finished the race 4th missing the podium but one spot but I am just happy I ran well, injury free, and with a positive attitude!
Competing during the week is exhausting but Andrew made it all better by making a Braai! Which is like a South African BBQ! It was delicious ! Bacon wrapped hamburgers and kebabs!
So, there is a girl (my age) who works at the hostel. Her name is Chloe! She is really awesome! She and I had a conversation about religion. She was telling me that a lot of people leave the Church because it is very hypocritical. Priest molest children, the country forces you to give money to the Church out of your check no matter your religion, the services have no direction (just basically a show), no one participates except the priest. She really wants nothing to do with any of it. No God. No Jesus. No church. No nothing. The thing is she is not the only one. I have talked to many people that feel that way because of MAN has defiled the Church. I hope want to talk more with Chloe about it.
Today was the last full day in Leuven, Belgium before we head to our last meet in Nirvone (possibly spelled that wrong) and then to France. It was a little bittersweet today because Leuven has become my home! But today was the day of the market so I bought as much chocolate and goodies for the family that will fit in my luggage!
We also closed out our study of Ephesians. I have never read a book of the Bible so in depth before and I loved it! I learned so much in 6 chapters. Paul really cared about Ephesus. Let me add that when he wrote the letter to the church at Ephesus he was a prisoner in Rome. If I was him I would have not written ANYTHING TO ANYONE. I would have been HOT MAD that I was being jailed with NO EVIDENCE! But, Paul truly loved the things of God and the people of God. He was determined to make sure that they knew what was excepted of them! Some powerful stuff in Ephesians! Take a Look!
Until then Stay Crazyy Blessed!