“Who came up with this dumb idea?” I asked my wife after completing my daily set of exercises. “Do I even have to answer that?” she answered back in sarcasm.
We are on day number 68 of my latest invention “The Century Challenge” where we progressively increase reps of pushups, situps, and dips by one until we reach 100. The whole thing sounded like a good idea about 50 days ago. Now it is just getting silly.
It started when I woke up one morning and decided my pencil thin arms needed some help. What better way than to create a crazy workout challenge that no personal trainer would ever recommend, allow no days off for muscle recovery, and pretty much break every rule of proper training?
A funny thing happens when you gradually pile on the workload with no time for rest. You break. I have found myself skipping more and more days as the challenge progresses. Instead of knocking out 30 reps, I am faced with a number that I just don’t feel like I have time to complete so I skip the workouts altogether. The Century Challenge sounded like a good idea, but looking back on it, I would have been much more consistent dedicating 100 days to the same number of reps each day.
How much does this apply to our Christian walk? Do we progressively walk in His ways just to get to the point where we feel overwhelmed and shut down all systems? It is easier just not to read our Bibles and pray daily then it is to feel like we are charged with the task of being Super Christians?
I feel like my life this year has been full of confusion, misdirection, and inconsistency. My writings here have been inconsistent, and my spiritual life has fallen flat. Could it be that I just tried to pile it all on?
They say it takes 21 days to build a habit. I am in the process of hitting the reset button, taking a look at my Christian life and seeking out one habit to build. Instead of focusing on everything, I am spending time focused on one good habit at a time. What habit do you want to build? What habit do you want to break? Take this week to Calendar 21 days to build the foundations that matter.
As I am mentally preparing to tackle Day 68 of the Century Challenge, I am more focused on doing something than doing nothing if the goal looks too big. Consistency is more important that volume sometimes.
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.