The first hurdle to jump is finding a gym. As I told you recently, we have 15 YMCA locations here in Fort Worth---and countless other privately owned gyms. With so much to offer, it should not be a problem locating a facility. BUT---it has to be near me---driving 30 minutes one way to the last facility proved a bit much. I don't mind driving 10 minutes--15 max, but anything further is not convenient and the traffic should not be so congested as to lead to congestive heart failure.
AND the facility needs to have the latest and greatest in equipment. How can I expect to achieve my goal on old and dilapidated machines? We all know you can get in much better shape with less effort on all these new machines That latest and greatest equipment also needs to be self explanatory and not in use by another patron when I get ready for my workout. The machines also should have a personal television with extensive cable channels and individual fans. OH---and windows with a view would be nice.
I am willing to give it my all---for at least 10-maybe even 15 minutes everyday to reach this elusive target of perfection. I am a busy person and have many commitments---but I am pretty sure I can squeeze in a quarter of an hour---after all---it IS every day. NO skip that---I read somewhere you need a rest day---SO six days a week I am willing to devote those 15 minutes to my quest-except for any political or religious holidays -my birthday---birthdays of my friends and family and each new stage of the moon.
I promise to work hard--as long as I do not break a sweat. Sweating ruins my makeup and flattens my hair--and can even cause body odor---so NO sweating. And I will lift weights every other day---as long as the weight does not exceed five pounds. Would NOT want to strain a muscle! And those cardio machines---my dear friends---I will be pounding out the miles--as long as my heart rate does not go up. I've heard you have a pre-determined number of heart beats in your life--so no need pushing for an early end.
Yes---my physical well being is important to me---and I am going to give it my all---within the above guidelines. Would not want anyone to call me a fanatic or appear to be gung ho---or even excited---it is important to maintain my aloof detachment.
Are you beginning to think I may never obtain my goal--due to all the restrictions I have placed upon working toward it? With the limited time I am willing to spend--even if all the other requirements are obtainable---peak perfection will look more like minimum effort.
SO--what kind of effort am I putting into my spiritual condition? How much time am I spending in pursuit of The Father? What lengths am I willing to go to in the quest to become more Christ-like? What lame excuses do I routinely throw out in an effort to escape my responsibility? Eye opening questions!
Whatever you do, do your work heartily,
as for the Lord rather than for men