Get up, or die!

Stand up now, or die!?”  This was WordPress’s interesting challenge the other day.  The premise for the challenge was that studies show that sitting too long too often will kill a person.  You see, our bodies need activity for health.  So Scott Berkun presented a challenge: guess how many push-ups you can do, write that number down, then give it a try.  It sounded like a fun challenge, but because of the precious baby currently asleep in my arms, it would have to wait.

I did, however, present the challenge to my three older children, who promptly made their personal guesses.  Even though I would have to wait for my results, I went ahead and committed to a guess for myself: 10.  I wrote it down on my notepad for later and my children had already dropped to the floor for their test.  They were all quite accurate in their predictions.

I decided that as soon as baby woke up, I would get myself a glass of water (water is vital for strength, you know—both spiritually and physically) and then do my push-ups.  By the time baby woke up, though, it had gotten too close to dinner.  I drank my water, but my weakening body was desperate for food.  The test results would have to be put off a bit longer.

Soon we ate our dinner, my hubby called from out-of-town so I talked to him for a while, and I got back to my work on the computer, preparing Vacation Bible School worksheets for VBS—The Land of Milk & Honey.  At some point, I finally went back to my browser for something and there was that open email from WordPress: “Stand up now, or die!”

“I’m getting up!” I told it.  Then I set to my push-ups.

I counted them silently, “1…2…3…”  Just as I reached ten, my eldest daughter said, “Three more!” and I collapsed in my feeble attempt at Number 11, saying with a smile, “What!  That was ten!” to which she replied that she did not count ten.  My response was, “What?  Were you even watching?” to which she answered…you guessed it, “No”.

I told my daughter that my guess was already used up—I guess I should have said “13”.

According to WordPress’s sources, a 40-year-old female should be able to do 16 push-ups.  Since I’m not quite there yet, I guess I’m not doing too bad—I’ve got a few more years to build up to 16. 🙂

This whole experiment makes me wonder, though: do we just know ourselves pretty well to have guessed so accurately, or did we actually limit ourselves by our guesses, subconsciously thinking, “Here’s my limit—I’m done.”

I have to wonder if we do that to the Lord, too.  He wants to do mighty things through us—He has made that very clear, repeatedly throughout the Bible.  We know that we ought to feed on His word and drink in His Spirit in order to gain strength, but then do we lay out our own plans, deciding “this is what I’m going to do”; and when we have reached our self-imposed human limit, do we slack off?  Or do we take it one step at a time, fulfilling the duty at hand and praying all the while, “Lord, whatever you want me to do, guide me, empower me, and I will do it”?  “Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of Hosts.” (Zechariah 4:6)

So don’t just sit there!  Maybe tomorrow I should guess 16…or maybe I should just give it my all, one step at a time.


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