Each evening and morning, I have been spending time reading and studying Proverbs. God has opened my eyes on two different levels during my quiet time in His Word. First, He is providing great material for the book I am currently writing. And secondly, He has pointed a few things out involving my present lifestyle and the quest I am taking to find balance and ultimately total contentment.
Several topics like finances, work ethics, and attitude have bruised me while reading Proverbs. But nothing like the topics of laziness and being a sluggard. I came to the realization that my busyness isn’t always productive and there are times.. as much as I hate to admit it…. that I am… I don’t know if I can say it without cringing from the honesty..that I am..Lazy. Not to imagine me sitting in front of the TV all day eating bon-bons, but I never complete projects and goals. I grow tired and quite frankly lazy before I finish something.
Before 2010 started, I made the decision to become a healthier me. Ahem… At least the decision was made. I thought I would continue the vegan approach after experiencing it for 6 weeks for Lent. Ahem.. well, the thought crossed my mind. I prefer napping over exercising. I would rather sunbathe than swim. I enjoy AC more than the Arkansas heat. I love to read rather than listen to books on tape while walking. Get the lazy picture?
When I began the quest, I listed items that I needed to add to my day to create a sense of balance. One thing was exercise. So, yesterday, I called the kids to the living room and asked them what the word, “sluggard” meant. They had no idea. I told them it was someone who was lazy…like me. And I needed them to help me with exercising. I explained they were to be my personal trainers… my own personal Jillian and Bob from the Biggest Loser. I told them to look back at what their coaches do in PE and to create a “workout” for me. I encouraged them to not let me “give up” nor to say “I can’t.” I gave them permission to cheer me on and to add penalties if I was to complain. I told them that I wanted to sweat and to feel it the next day. I knew that in the back of my mind I would do whatever because I want to be a better example not a lazy example.
Boy did they make me sweat! They had me running, jumping, doing abs work, Wii Fit, and crab crawls (thanks to my 8yo). For 30 minutes they had me doing things I didn’t think I could ever do…ahem… I would never do those things on my own. I thought I was going to drop dead afterwards… even at one point, I had to stop and catch my breath; but my 13yo was quick to point out that Jillian would not have that kind of attitude. She was right.. but I couldn’t breathe!! I caught my breath and took off for more.. especially when I was threatened with 5 more laps!
This morning, I could hardly get up I was so sore. What can I say…Bob and Jillian worked me over!!