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  • Writer's pictureGarth Steele

Olympic Strength with ALS?

I've been watching a lot of the Olympic games over the past week. It's amazing to see the physical strength that can be developed in an athlete. World records are being broken all the time as these competitors unleash the capabilities that have been built up in them through training over many years. I was especially amazed at the gymnastic rings event. Look at this guy! He holds this "superman" position for several seconds without moving at all. How is this possible??!!

Not quite where I'm at right now. We love to have dinner on our screened-in porch each night. I have always carried out a tray with our glasses, cutlery, and a water jug on it. Probably weighs 5 pounds and, yet, it seems like when I hold it in front of me it is so heavy that it's pulling my chest to the floor. My back is hunched over and I have to pause to breathe when I set it down on the table.


I'm thankful, though, that I'm still able to easily drink the glass of water and lift my fork full of food to my mouth to satisfy my hunger ... (although cutting food with a knife can be difficult!).


I am so envious of my neighbours when I see them go for a "power walk" past our front yard. I was able to do that in January; but today, if I'm walking fast, I need to pause for a big breath by the time I get to the end of our driveway!



I know that God wants us to take care of our bodies - because we were made in God's image! And I'm trying to take care of my body as best as I can by exercising daily. Not to put on muscle mass, but to keep the muscles active and maintain my core strength and balance. In the end, though, I believe my spiritual strength is far more important than my physical strength.


"Training the body helps a little, but godly living helps in every way. Godly living has the promise of life now and in the world to come." 1 Timothy 4:8


At the end of my life on this earth, my body will be turned to ashes and it won't exist any more. But my spirit can and will live on in Heaven thanks to the sacrifice that Jesus made for me - and you - by dying on the cross for my sins. I am so thankful for that. So I'm really trying to focus on "Godly living": being kind and respectful to my family and friends; praying for God's will to be done in and through me on a daily basis; sharing God's love with everyone I communicate with. And this isn't as easy as it seems sometimes! But I'm counting on my Olympic Trainer - The Lord God Almighty - to get me where I need to be!


I've updated my prayer request list which you can find at the top of the website. I so appreciate your prayer support. If your prayers and mine are in alignment with God's Will, they have such a powerful effect. There can be moments during the day when all of a sudden my emotions brighten like a light switch was turned on, and I know it is a result of God answering your prayer request. God wants me to be filled with hope and your prayers take me to that place. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!


Check out the new prayer points. More updates next week after my Neurology appointment!

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todd_bifolchi
Jan 19, 2022

On hearing this news I'm reminded of Matthew 10:29-31 that talks about how God cares about your every thought, circumstance, and difficultly, and his to promise to be there with you every single moment. Garth, may God bless you!

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paulinemantha
Aug 08, 2021

Your faith is an inspiration Garth! Thank you for sharing with us. You are In my prayers ❤️

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shawnapeddle
Aug 07, 2021

Dear Garth,

I pray that your faith may not waiver...keep on knocking and that door will be opened.

I pray that the Lord will guard you from indefiniteness and the emotional unrest of the long difficult wait.

I will continue to pray for healing, hope, recovery and relief.

In Jesus Mighty Name, Shawna

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maggiefrasch
Aug 06, 2021

Hi Garth,

I was shocked and saddened to hear news of your diagnosis, but am so thankful you have a strong faith and family.

Our family are all pulling for you!

Maggie (Stewart) Frasch

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bbbmw1955
Aug 03, 2021

Dear Garth. Brian and I send our love and prayers for a "gold medal" appointment tomorrow. We pray your neurologist provides a positive way forward in your treatment and we pray for "healing miracles" as only our Lord and Saviour can provide. Thank you for sharing so freely your journey and also sharing how much Jesus loves and cares for us and asking for nothing in return. Blessings dear friend. ❤️

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