I am staring down the barrel of my 46th birthday this month, and Father Time is taking its toll on my body. So, I get up early and hit the local YMCA beginning each session with cardiovascular training. And, I hate it. I despise it. But, I do it. Why? For the fitness benefits? To warm up before doing what I want – weight training? No and no.
Earlier this year, my church started 365-day Bible reading program called The Bible Recap. It is exactly what it sounds like – a yearlong, daily breakup of the Bible in chronological order. But, I struggled to get going and am not ashamed to admit I am still playing a little catch-up. When I add something new to my routine, I always try to perfect its place in my ordered, structured life. My military mindset is great “doing the routine things routinely,” but evolving processes take a little trial and error.
I have found that reading the Bible is way better than doing cardio. I can get behind the purpose of reading the Bible and listening to The Bible Recap summary while doing what amounts to personal physical maintenance. In 20 minutes, not only have I started the day with the physical equivalent of “making my own bed,” but I’ve grown in my understanding and relationship with God. Win, win.
Of course, cardio is still the worst.