Hey Fellow Winter-Lovers! (har har)
I’ll tell you, this “only having a computer for 20 minutes a night” thing is cramping my style! I think it may be a good thing, because I certainly can’t run the risk of being online too much, but since my computer died and I am using Jack’s work one (after work!), it makes communication and blogging a little, um, crunched.
Anyway, today I read a wonderful thing. I’m not going to go on and on about it, I just want to share it, and then I’ll tell you my “tip of the day” in regard to warming up in this season of chill. Martha Kilpatrick, whom I cannot recommend more, is a teacher, writer, and godly woman; she’s written a small booklet series and it has been so good so far. Today, I had such a short time to read and I really only could digest this one sentence anyway: “If you want to be something in the world, you will be nothing in the Kingdom. If you are willing to be nothing in the world, you will be something in the Kingdom.” It is a wonderful shift to think like this. How many times have I thought that when people applauded or looked up to me or wanted to learn from me or were even directly being helped by me then that was proof that I was being something in the Kingdom, that these things were proof that I was living in obedience and God’s power? When I look around the world, I see ministries with powerful leaders, and I am not judging them, because I expect and assume that they live in humility and the fear of the Lord, but I then think of all the hundreds and thousands of nameless missionaries, pastors, servants out there who are not writing books and getting tv shows. Many of these servants suffer and never even see on this side of eternity any great and mighty works of God, at least not in the way that would be applauded by the Christian community as it is right now. Well, I said I wasn’t going to go on and on…It’s something to think about, though, right? And why does it matter? It matters because I have the rest of my life to spend for the Lord, and I don’t want to aim for the wrong thing, the wrong picture of what that looks like.
So, if that thought alone doesn’t get you all fired up, I have to say here’s what I did to warm up today…an extra strenuous workout! (Yuck, I know!) I sweated extra because I hadn’t exercised in almost 2 weeks. Yikes. I was like, “Let’s take off these ankle weights, girl!” But alas, I had none on. I do intervals of 5 minutes on the treadmill-Not that I am in any position to give advice on this topic-But I walk 3 minutes, jog 1, run 1; then I do that 4 times. It makes the time go by fast, and you will be sweating before you’re done, no doubt. Also, getting everything moving really does keep you warm for hours afterward. Just think, if we work out enough during the sweater and coat months, we might just be surprised come shorts weather. 🙂 Happy Winter, everyone!