Wednesday, March 9, 2011

One Journey Complete

I've thought about this day for the last couple of years.  Today is the day those thoughts become action.  Today, after 21 years, I am teaching my last class of Energizers.

Energizers began as Body Recall and here is how it came about:

I was teaching aerobics classes at our church in 1990 and our pastor and I began to talk about how nice it would be to offer an exercise class for Sr. Adults.  We had heard about a Body Recall class in Danville so I attended it a couple of times to feel the program out.  I reported back that I thought it would be an excellent class to offer and we needed to start looking for someone to take the training and teach the class.  We looked and asked around but had no takers!  I finally said, "okay, I'll go take the training and start the class and then I'll find someone else to teach it."  Famous last words!  Not only could I not find anyone interested in teaching the class, but I found that I loved teaching older adults!  So, my destiny was launched!

It has been such a good experience.  I have met so many wonderful people and have been inspired beyond words.  The love that people through the years in my classes have shown me has been so encouraging!  I have seen people make such strides in their physical well-being!  I have heard comments such as, "I used to have trouble backing up in my car because I couldn't look over my shoulder, but now I can!" and, "when I fell the other day and was laying there afraid, I remembered how you showed us how to get up, and I was able to get up!"  Those, words, and others have been priceless to me and I thank God from the bottom of my heart for giving me this class! 

It is with mixed emotions that I am giving it up.  I made the decision because I felt I was in a rut and it felt like I was just going through the motions.  That was not fair to my class!  However, giving up meeting with those dear people twice a week is one of the hardest decisions I have made and I will miss them tremendously.

One consolation is that the woman who is taking over this class is someone who is dear to my heart.  She is actually the person I have wanted to take over but I didn't think that could happen.  I just know that God has an amazing experience in store for her and that she will be blessed.  I also know that this kind, gentle lady, Sandy Currens, will bless the participants.  God is good!

I am also excited to see what new adventure God has in store for me!  Hopefully, I can still teach my aerobics classes (my first love) for a while longer.  I pray for the health and strength to be able to do that.
But, I certainly pray that I hear God's voice leading me to be effective for Him in some way in my world! 

Again, Jeremiah 29:11-14a comes to mind:
 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,” declares the LORD,

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