For those who don't know me, I'm extremely goal oriented. I need to be working towards a goal in order to be productive. My sweet husband will add that as long as it is a goal that I am passionate about, he will bet on me every single time, which is a great compliment. But...recently, it has given me pause to think.
Back in June, June 15th to be exact, I put a challenge out on Facebook. Complete 100 of something for 100 days. If you do the math, that equals 10,000 of somethings. Being a glutton for punishment, I chose burpees. 100 burpees for 100 days. If you don't know what a burpee is, google it. Very effective exercise that will wear you slap out! I could fill the rest of this blog up whining about how sore I am, but I choose not to go there.
So, as of today. . .I'm done! 10,000 burpees!!!!!!!!!!! Woooohoooo!!!!!!
Some of you are cheering, some of you are scratching your heads and asking, 'why?'
I get it. I've asked myself that question 10,000 times over the last 100 days. Here are my reasons:
1) To celebrate the blessing of being able to physically do it. There are so many my age and younger who cannot complete a rigorous exercise due to health reasons.
2) To stay fit.
3) Bragging rights. (I'm being painfully transparent, but it's just the truth.)
4) The much needed daily dose of endorphins to combat hormones and anxiety.
5) To check off the goal and to be able to move on to the next one.
Here's the thing though, and you knew there would be a thing. I also set a goal of journaling and having a quiet time with the Lord every day during these 100 days. Have I been faithful? Somewhat. But not as faithful as I have been in completing these darn burpees. I made time for one and skipped the other, making 10,000 excuses along the way.
I recently attended the movie, War Room, with my church. Amazing message. Goosebumps all over the place. Spoke to my heart. If I committed as much time fighting in my war room as I did completing the physical goal set for myself, what would my life look like? Do I pray for my nation, my husband, my children, my community like I should? No, I do not.
So, yes. War Room inspired my next goal, much like it inspired thousands and thousands of other people across the country. The difference is I don't plan to check this one off. I plan to run this race until Jesus calls me home. Who's with me?
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.