When I first arrived on the Baylor University campus as an 18-year old, I wasn't sure what to expect. As a Christian from the West Texas town of El Paso, I went to Baylor to play baseball, but after my first season as a redshirt freshman, I injured my ankle so bad that it landed me on the disabled list and in a cast. Any hopes of playing my sophomore season were dashed. But during my time on the DL, I found a hole-in-the-wall gym on campus called Russell Gym; school was in session, the lessons soon began.
I won't try to dramatize it, but there was just something special about that gym. Something about the things I learned between those walls. Something about the exercise techniques and tactics, the training splits and proper form. From the trials, the pitfalls, struggles, friendships, sacrifices and all of the blood, sweat and tears, there was definitely something about that place. I couldn't put my finger on it back then, but I can now.
As my wife and I return to my alma mater as special guests to speak to students and enjoy a good game, I know now what that something was: you. The driving force behind PrayFit, the DVDs, the books, each recipe and tidbit, and the nearly six years of devotions is simply you. Your health from the inside out is my highest calling. It's surreal, but little did I know that when the good Lord allowed me to walk into that gym, He would eventually allow me to walk into your homes. I can tell you with sentimental certainty that when I tour my old campus, I'll be thanking it for you.
Well, on that note, the next PrayFit Daily will hit next Tuesday, November 12. Please pray for me and Loretta as we travel and for the students the Lord allows us to talk to. While we're gone, we'll be sure to have a presence on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram as we document the week. Be blessed everyone. Going home.
Little did I know that when the good Lord allowed me to walk into that gym, He would eventually allow me to walk into your homes. --Jimmy Peña
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