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Pray Against the Status Quo · 9 February 2015


Praying Hands by Albrecht Dürer
This work is in the public domain.


I really really do not know
How to pray against the status quo.
Should I ask about what fashion
God would shape my every passion?
Should I ask for confirmation
On what should be my true vocation?
Or should I ask God for a vision
On what should be my worldly mission?
I suppose the point of all of these
Is that with my life God I would please
That everything I say and do
Would glorify, O God, just You.
And so Dear God I pray that I
Might help the world to glorify
You alone with every thought and deed
And in others plant Your Holy seed,
Your Word of love and transformation,
That you give so freely to every nation.
O God, I pray that I could start
To every day just do my part.
For one thing that I know for certain
There will surely be a final curtain.
Then You will ask what You already know
What we prayed and did against the status quo.

© 2015 Michael T. Miyoshi

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God’s Conspiracy Worked · 28 August 2013

After a year of writing and posting six days a week, I can say that God’s conspiracy worked.


When I started this blog series a year ago, I did not really know what I was in for. I really did just want to get a bit healthier and I wanted to write every day. Other than those hopes, I had no idea what would happen.


In terms of health, I just wanted to lose about five to ten pounds. I figured if I could get down below 160 pounds, I would be happy. I did not realize that I had so much weight to lose (over twenty). And I did not realize how out of shape I was. (I know I was exaggerating when I said I started out running a block in half an hour, but it was almost that bad.)


The other thing I have come to more fully understand is that health cannot be measured by how much weight we gain or lose. Losing weight (or in some cases gaining weight) is merely a byproduct of being healthy. Just as we do not get stronger just because we get heavier, we do not get healthier just because we get lighter. We need to do the right things (eating and exercising properly) to get the right results (being healthy). When we get those right results, we get the proper byproducts too (like losing the right amount of weight).


As much as I love the fact that I am healthier than I was a year ago, I must admit that I am happier that I have become a true writer during that time.


I may not have garnered any fame or fortune for my efforts. My writing may not have improved much. And I know I have not gained many more readers or fans over this year. Still, I know I am a writer. After all, true writers write all the time. They are disciplined. They may not publish something every day, but they are writing. After all this time, I can say with confidence that I am a writer, even if it is only because I write.


When all is said and done, I know God is not finished with me yet. I still have lots to learn and accomplish. But His conspiracy to make me healthy has accomplished much more than I thought it would. Now, even though I do not always eat right or exercise as much as I would like, I know that I am healthy. I know I will continue to strive for health. I also know that even though I will probably not blog every day (at least not for a while), I know that I can. (Rest assured that I will be writing every day, even if the world does not see it right away.)


I had no idea what God had planned for me a year ago when He told me to write about my journey toward health. But now I know that His conspiracy worked. In more ways than one.

© 2013 Michael T. Miyoshi

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Going All In · 27 August 2013

My wife commented that when I decide on a course of action, I go all in. She was talking about eating and my choice of footgear, but it really applies to all my life.


I have gone all in on the way I eat even though true vegans and at least one of our friends might call me a cheater vegan. It is true that I am not strictly vegan, but I have committed to a certain way of eating. Even though I still indulge in a few processed foods now and then, I have committed to eating a plant-based, whole food diet. Yes, I eat fish (usually, just a couple times a month) and eggs (about once a week). But that is because I had committed long ago to keep away from pills. To my way of thinking, I would rather have a little bit of animal product to get all my nutrients from foodstuff than take some pill that might have unknown detrimental effects. (Besides, I figure if God had meant us to eat pills, He would have made pharmaceutical trees.) So even if true vegans would not necessarily agree with my food choices, I have gone all in on getting healthier by the way I eat.


I have also gone all in on the footgear I wear. Besides my cowboy boots, all of the shoes I wear on a regular basis have no drop from heel to toe and no arch support. They are no-shoe shoes. I run, walk, and live as close to barefoot as I possibly can. It has taken time to develop my leg and foot muscles to do so, but I was committed to it almost from the start.


Most of the reason I have gone all in is actually reason itself. I have done research – reading and talking to people. I have also lived it for a time. And in writing about my trials, tribulations, failures, and successes, I have reasoned things out enough to declare that I am all in.


In most of the things I do, I take the time to determine the best course of action. Once I have decided on that best course, I go all in. Now I can declare, after lots of research and a year-long experiment, that I have indeed decided on the best course of action. I am all in for being healthy by eating a whole food, plant-based diet and running around nearly barefoot.


I hope many people choose to join me and go all in for being healthy too.

© 2013 Michael T. Miyoshi

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