I talked with my mentee, Mary, this week because she’s been thinking about delaying family plans with her fiancee to pursue mission opportunities. Church culture can sometimes make ministry seem like the ultimate objective and that everything should bow down to the needs of evangelism and outreach. My advice to her is something I’ve been trying to live myself. We can’t serve God well if we are letting down the people who count on us the most. I have felt really guilty in my career for turning down opportunities to serve in different cities in China and I’ve passed on going to a lot of conferences to protect my family time. After 15 years of missions ministry, I’m not where I thought I would be. There are lot of places I haven’t gone as a missionary and a lot of churches that I wish I could have worked with. But I’ve given my best to my family. My conscience is at peace because I know that I’ve been faithful to the covenant of marriage. Whoever troubles his own household will inherit the wind. Proverbs 11:29

View on Instagram http://bit.ly/2vqkAzG

I’m not sure that I can finish this contest prep. For the first time in my career, I think regularly about quitting my plan to get on stage this year. I started at a reasonable 215lb. 14% bodyfat but I’ve been exhausted trying to get my normal cardio in. My strategy has always been to do 5 hours of cardio a day and I keep my diet centered around salads. Between missions planning and taking care of Jeremiah, it’s been a monster to finish out these last weeks. I’m close to my target weight and I just 🙏 that I can make it to the stage this year.

View on Instagram http://bit.ly/2PmMy8Q

Happy 11 months to the baby who has learned to live with joy, dancing and a love for all people. May you continue to light up the lives of everyone you meet. This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalms 118:24

View on Instagram http://bit.ly/2Z84Dfj

I pray that we can enjoy this time even though being parents is exhausting I pray that our baby learns about love through our actions as a family I pray that we can believe that Jesus is able carry us through every trial and hardship

View on Instagram http://bit.ly/2TWR5PL

God’s plan is more than just medals at bodybuilding shows. It’s about inspiring other Physically Challenged athletes to not give up. It’s about losing 50lbs. and doing your first bodybuilding show while your Korean grandma is having fun the entire night. This sport is at it’s best when we remember why we started in the first place. It’s never been just about achievements, it’s about living with joy and serving the people we love. My new favorite supplement is a digestive aid from wwww.GainsinBulk.com . Their probiotic is made specifically for athletes and even contains lactase to help breakdown protein shakes. If you want to give their products a try use my promo code DavidP10 for 10% off your order! #GainsInBulk #GIB #PNBA #INBA @inbaglobal_official @gainsinbulk #teamusa #bodybuilding #weightloss #fitness #curls #arms #shredding #legs #contestprep #bodybuilding #worldchampionships #inbaglobal #naturalbodybuilding #muscleshow #musclecontest #Worldchampionships #INBA

View on Instagram https://ift.tt/2FNQQCY