One of the hardest things to schedule is exercise. For the last three years, my wife and I have enjoyed working out together. Ok, enjoy might be a strong word as who really likes getting up three days a week at 6 am to squeeze in some cardiovascular work. Yet, this is the only time we have found consistently conducive to our schedule. Other times have been filled with family, work, or church responsibilities. So, we find ourselves rolling out of bed, throwing on some clothes, and doing jumping jacks even though we are barely awake.
In order to squeeze it into our schedule, we do a HIT (high intensity training) workout. It is tailored made for us as A-type people. Twenty-five minutes of high energy, non-stop exercise. I thought I was going to die the first time I tried it. The instructor is yelling at you. She is telling you to make it count. I honestly believe she doubles as a drill sergeant for the military. Our son thinks she is nuts. Truth be told, it is a great workout. I am in the best shape I have been in in years.
The news recently reported the benefits of HIT workouts. Studies have shown that thirty minutes of intensive training a week equals the cardiovascular benefit of one hundred and fifty minutes of moderate exercise. The health experts were emphasizing the health advantages of just a little bit of focused training. Time should not be excuse. All it takes is thirty minutes!
Our spiritual lives can learn from this. We dabble around with God throughout the week. A short prayer here. Thinking about the sermon there. Reading a verse once every few days. Flip to the Christian radio station for a couple of minutes. Half read an inspirational devotional. It all adds up to a lot of moderate spiritual training.
What if we engaged in some spiritual HIT training instead? What if we carved out thirty minutes a week to get serious about God? What if we sat down and intensely poured out our hearts to our Heavenly Father? What if we read that verse with true reflection and meditation? What if we got serious about confessing our sins? What if we put down the phone, blocked out the noise, and sat in the presence of God?
The benefits would be immediately realized.
Thirty minutes a week. Certainly we can set aside what equals to one sitcom. Spiritual HIT training is doable. It is effective. And it is most certainly transformative.