Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Bring It!

Most of my friends know I'm somewhat fanatical about working out.  I started taking it seriously about 11 years ago, and for the past 4 years, I've been following a routine known as P90X.  It's a demanding program, six days a week, 60 to 90 minutes a day.  The program encourages participants to log their progress, and I've downloaded forms that I keep in a notebook where I write down how much weight I use, and how many repetitions I perform.  It's gratifying to look at the worksheet after a workout and see what I accomplished.  I also use it as a guide during my workout, so I know what I've done in the past, and can try to push myself to do better.  As Tony Horton would say, this is how to "bring it"! 

I realized a couple of weeks ago that I had reached a plateau.  I was consistently doing what I had done before, and maintaining my level of fitness, but I wasn't pushing myself to improve.  I decided to try to push it, and I've seen amazing progress just in the last two weeks. 

As I was working out this morning, I was pleased that I had increased the weight or the reps on every exercise throughout the routine.  Then it struck me that my spiritual life works much the same way.  It's easy to get into a routine, read a chapter or two in the Bible, start the day out with prayer, and get on with my day.  But what would happen if I decide to "bring it", and push myself to go deeper?  Maybe study the Bible instead of just reading a chapter or two.  Pray for things other than what affects my day to day life.  Get to know God on a deeper level.  I will most likely see growth in my relationship with Christ!

It's time to bring it!

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