Posted by: David D. Daggett | February 2, 2009

Be Wise – Exercise!

Be Wise – Exercise!

      Exercise was part of the theme of a recent sermon at our church. Apparently, a seminary professor had a saying “Be wise – exercise!” Of course this theme applied to religion and biblical teachings. However, it also got me thinking that “exercise” applies to everything we do.

       We must “exercise” anything that we want to do well. This includes all of the aspects of our anchors including our families, our profession, our fitness, and our religion. They take work, or exercise, to progress and improve.

As athletes we know that in order to be ready for a long distance race we can’t leave our running shoes in the closet. We actually have to put them on and use them. Consistency and repetition over an extended period of time leads to training success. Likewise, in life in order to have training success we too must take our shoes out of the closet and exercise in order to be successful.

Many times, success and goals in the various aspects of our lives seem monumental and sometimes impossible to achieve. However, like Mother Theresa in Calcutta, India serving the poor when asked “how do you deal with it all?” Mother Theresa simply replied “one at a time.”

One of the greatest lessons in Ironman racing is that when things get tough, when we struggle, when we are tired, hungry, and dehydrated, we simply must put one foot in front of the other and keep going.

Isn’t that the same with any worthwhile goal in life? Goals and accomplishments that are worthwhile are always difficult to achieve. That’s why we have to keep working on them, progressing, and refusing to give up. We just keep putting one foot in front of the other one at a time.

Perhaps when coining the phrase “Be wise – exercise!” the seminary professor was also sharing one of the fundamental ingredients in success in any aspect of life.

Be wise – exercise,


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