Gordon begins each new academic year with a matriculation chapel and hears from last spring’s distinguished professor. In her talk, “The Best Shape of Your Life,” Valerie Gin, professor /chair of recreation & leisure studies and 2013 Distinguished Senior Faculty, challenged students to consider how trust and regiments could translate into their best efforts for the new year. Her speech is reprinted below.
“The Best Shape of Your Life”
By Valerie Gin
When I told my Mom I was asked to speak at Matriculation Chapel, she wondered why I was asked. When I told her it was because I received the faculty award, without hesitating she told me to, “GIVE IT BACK!” My mom was horrified and worried that I had to speak in front of so many and now I think I should have listened to her. Well, at least I didn’t have to worry about what I was going to wear.
I am here today because I am blessed by faculty and staff colleagues who support, encourage and pray for me; wonderful students and the Lord’s generosity, grace and goodness. I am grateful for the opportunity to teach at Gordon College. I thank you all.
Wouldn’t it be great to start off this year in the best shape of your life and better yet, maintain it? Perhaps some of you are there, others not quite. Whether you are there or not, Proverbs 3 provides wonderful guidance in how to prolong life, bring peace and prosperity, win favor and a good name in the sight of God and others, be on a straight path and bring health and nourishment to our bones. Sounds like great shape to me!
How do we get and stay in shape? Well, you are already off to a good start because you are at a state of the art boot camp/training facility with the best trainers available. The drill sergeants—I mean professors and staff—will provide a regimen so that you won’t easily forget what you have been taught. It’s our job to ensure that you write on the tablet of your hearts and not just your iPads.
We are professors because we profess what we believe. Our profession of God’s teaching, commands, love and faithfulness are embedded in who we are and what we teach. The Gordon basic workout/core classes are designed to develop and strengthen your CORE. This tremendous workout, premeditated by the faculty, ensures that your mental, spiritual, emotional, social and physical muscles are developed in symmetry. Have you ever seen people who only work out their upper body and then have skinny chicken legs? Back problems are at an epidemic because we have stronger quads and weak hamstrings and abs. But if you work on the CORE regimen and do your daily reps, you will be well balanced and in great shape.
I have had personal trainers before they were in vogue. I’d like to share part of my training history with you to encourage you in your training. Continue reading