My Walk To Mt Doom


I should make something clear from the beginning of this. I love the Lord of the Rings movies! I like them so much, when someone asks what my favorite movie or movie series is, I usually don’t say Lord of the Rings, because in my mind they are in a league of its own. It was the winter of my sophomore year of high school when the first movie was released. I had never heard of the books or the great adventures of Frodo and the fellowship of the ring. The other day I took my son, Wesley, to the dentist. The dental assistant was wanting to know how much Wesley weighed, but Wesley did not want to stand on the scale by himself. I quickly came up with a solution to this problem. I picked Wesley up and stood on the scale and looked at the number. Then I placed Wesley on the floor and look again at the number. We figured out Wesley’s weight, but more I was surprised by the number for my weight, 180lbs.

A lot has changed since the first time I watch the Lord of the Rings film, I am now a thirty year old man and probably 50 lbs heavier than I was then (I am purely guesstimating the weight of my gangly high school self). It might seem like I am making a big fuss over a small amount of weight, but it is a big amount to me. It was at that point I decided, something had to change.

It has been said, “One does not simply walk into Mordor,” but if you have seen the Lord of the Rings movies or read the books, you will know that walking into Mordor is exactly what Frodo and Sam did. I think that if they can do it, I can do it! I am setting out on an adventure to walk to Mt Doom as Frodo and Sam did.

I am doing this for a couple reasons. First, I want to try and be healthier and exercise more. Second, I like having goals in front of me to achieve. Lastly, I love Lord of the Rings and think it will be a cool challenge to take on.

Thanks to EowynChallenge.net, I am able to know the number of miles walked by our adventures:

458 miles: Go from Hobbiton to Rivendell.

462 miles: Set out with the Fellowship from Rivendell to Lothlorien.

389 miles: Travel through Moria and down the Anduin from Lothlorien to Rauros Falls.

470 miles: Follow Frodo and Sam on the quest from Rauros to Mt. Doom.

This makes for a total trip of 1,779 miles.

 

Here is the plan!

1. Everything counts! 


I purchased a Garmin Vivofit 2 on Amazon. This will track each step I take and how many miles I have walked in the day. I am counting every step I take towards this journey and the Vivofit will track it while I work. The average person walks 2 to 3 miles a day. My goal is to reach 5 miles a day. I will be making up the difference with walks around my neighborhood.

2. There and back again! 

As Bilbo recorded his adventure, I will be blogging about my adventure as I go. I will write about my possible thoughts, struggles and maybe even things I learn about walking.

3. I need a Sam! 

If I am going to go on this grand adventure, I need a Sam. My friend Levi is going to be taking this walking challenge on as well. Together we will walk to the core of Mt Doom and depending on how this goes… Maybe we’ll even walk back.

(Can you see how we are sad from the weight of the one ring?)

4. Know the full story.

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I have never read through the books of Lord of the Rings. So, I will be listening to them on audio book as I go.

5. Know where I am.

I will be tracking my progress along Frodo and Sam’s journey on a map of middle earth. You can see the picture below to see the path and key locations.

(each nick is a distance of 50 miles or so)

 

This is the adventure that is before me and I am excited to take it on. Perhaps you are like me and are wanting to find a way to maybe exercise a little bit and get a healthier, than I would invited you to consider starting your own adventure and join me in my walk to Mt Doom.


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30 Days With Wesley – Day 30: The Send Off

30 Days with Wesley(Optional Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24)

Today’s optional reading is very fitting for the 30th day of this book. It it Paul’s Biblical send off to his readers in 1 Thessalonians. He writes,

Now, may the God of peace himself cause you to be completely dedicated to him; and may your spirit, soul, and body be kept intact and blameless at our Lord Jesus Christ’s coming. The one who is calling you is faithful and will do this.

It is a beautiful send of. It fits so well for today. If you have been journeying with me through these 30 days with Wesley, I probably have never met you in person and we are not close friends. Though if you are a follower of Jesus like I am, I know that we are both on the same journey of seeking after Christ and letting him transform our lives on a daily basis.

It is this common ground that I send you off. May God keep us dedicated to him and may we be found blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus.

Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those

who sin against us.

Save us from the time of trial,

and deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power,

and the glory are yours,

now and forever.

Amen. 

How did you like the journey of 30 Days with Wesley? Let me know in the comments below.

30 Days With Wesley – Day 28: Right Now But Not Yet

Kingdom-of-God(Optional Reading: 2 Peter 3:13-15)

But according to his promise we are waiting for a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness is at home. Therefore, dear friends, while you are waiting for these things to happen, make every effort to be found by him in peace—pure and faultless. Consider the patience of our Lord to be salvation, just as our dear friend and brother Paul wrote to you according to the wisdom given to him

In the Christian faith, we live in a constant balance of the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom of God is both right now but not yet. The author of 2 Peter points out that we are waiting for the day when the new heaven and a new earth will be brought about and where righteousness is at home. It is easy to see that this world is not perfect. There are people hurting other people. We are constantly hearing about global warming and many more things. With all of this in mind, the future of a new earth and a new heaven sounds really exciting.

The author goes on to say, “Therefore, dear friends, while you are waiting for these things to happen, make every effort to be found by him in peace—pure and faultless.” Further, the Lord’s Prayer, which I have been postings each day with my post, states: “your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven.”

This is what I mean when I say that Kingdom of God is right now but not yet. As we wait for the new heaven and new earth and God’s Kingdom to be established, we are called to live our lives in a way that begins to process or bringing God’s Kingdom to the earth right now. This means that we live at peace with each other. We live pure and faultless lives. We create a way of living in our homes and neighborhoods so that people can stand back and see that righteousness is at home in our lives.

Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those

who sin against us.

Save us from the time of trial,

and deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power,

and the glory are yours,

now and forever.

Amen.

30 Days With Wesley – Day 19: The Path To Forgiveness

Green Path(Optional Reading: 1 Peter 4:8-11)

“Above all, show sincere love to each other, because love brings about the forgiveness of many sins.” 1 Peter 4:8

In life, we occasionally create these things call “unforgivables.” These are the things that we whisper under our breathe aloud, saying things like: “If he does that to me… I’ll never forgive him.” or “If she even says that to him one more time… I’ll never forgive her.” These are our unforgivables. Many of our unforgivables can be very serious things that have lead to broken relationships and broken families. Possibly even the loss of a loved one.

Jesus calls us to a life of forgiveness. Jesus forgave us of a great debt, therefore we are called to turn and forgive those who have hurt us. I don’t want to make it seem like I am saying that forgiveness is easy. I understand that people are facing individuals who have caused pain and loss on a huge level. Forgiveness might not come quickly to those situations, but I do believe that Jesus desires for us to move towards forgiveness. One step at a time.

Peter lays out the very first steps to beginning on the path of forgiveness in 1 Peter 4. It all comes down to love. If we can begin to show sincere love to those who have wronged us, we are taking a step towards forgiveness. It is all about baby steps. This sincere love can take on many forms. It might mean you pray for the person who hurt you. It might mean you talk to him. Or it might just mean you choose not to wish harm upon her that day.

God, may we live with sincere love for those who need forgiveness in our lives. May we be Christ to them today. May we daily take another step on the path to forgiveness.

Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those

who sin against us.

Save us from the time of trial,

and deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power,

and the glory are yours,

now and forever.

Amen.

30 Days with Wesley – Day 14: Loving Revenge

30 Days with Wesley(Optional Reading: Romans 12:13-21)

There is a law of the land that we all live by. There are many different elements that make up this law. Thing like; don’t spit into the wind, don’t drink coffee right after drinking orange juice (I learn that one awhile ago. Don’t try it), and toilet paper should always roll over not under. Ok, those might not be huge laws but there is one law of the land that many people today live by: An eye for an eye.

Sometimes, we live in an early elementary age way of thinking. If someone was a jerk to me, I’m going to be a jerk to them. The difference is, we become more malicious as adults. We hold grudges, we talk behind someone’s back or even belittle someone’s value as an individual. If you are wanting to be someone who is follows the teachings of Jesus, we have to begin to look at our enemies in a different way.

Paul writes in Romans, “If possibly, to the best of your ability, live at peace with all people. Don’t try to get revenge for yourselves… Don’t be defeated by evil, but defeat evil with good.” (Romans 12:18-19, 21)

Jesus calls people to a life of loving revenge. These two word might not seem like they should go together, but they can. Paul paints a beautiful picture of loving revenge. “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink.” (Romans 12:20).

When someone mistreats us, Jesus calls us to seek out an act of loving revenge. May we love those who hate us. May we pray for those who persecute us. May we not be defeated by evil but defeat evil with good. 

Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those

who sin against us.

Save us from the time of trial,

and deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power,

and the glory are yours,

now and forever.

Amen.