{July 3, 2012}   Fit in Five

I admit, “Fit in Five” was not my first choice for a blog name.  (My first choice was, in fact, taken.  Of course.)   But after doing some thinking, I’m going to run with it.

Let me start by being up front.  This is a journal about fitness AND faith.  So if words like “Jesus”, “God” and “the Bible” do cause you personal offence, this might not be the blog for you to follow.  But if, like me, you are someone who feels like they are always struggling with the level of their faith and their fitness, then by all means – feel free to share with me in these journeys, and I hope I can share with you in yours through comments and other communications.

So, what is “Fit in Five”?  If you are anything like me, you’ve probably spent a good chunk of your Christian life feeling guilty about the fact that you don’t read your Bible more often, pray more often, etc, etc.  And yet, for all our good intentions, somehow in the daily grind of life on this earth, we just can’t find the time to sit down for an hour every day to study through five chapters of Romans and pray elaborately 30-minute prayers for everyone and everything in our lives.  And for some reason we feel like if we can’t spend a whole hour (or at least a half-hour) reading and praying, that somehow it’s just not worth it, or not acceptable.  And it’s often the same with our fitness.

But I don’t think that’s right.  I think there is no amount of time too short to be acceptable to God in His graciousness.  So here is the Fit by Five Challenge:  Instead of spending five minutes a few days a week feeling guilty, spend that five minutes to read a couple of Bible verses, and pray a short prayer to your Father in heaven.  Five minutes a day, five days a week, however small it may seem, is still infinitely more than just thinking about it and then feeling guilty even seven days of the week.



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