Actually, it is a great gift and I am excited to start working toward a more active lifestyle. Walking 10,000 steps a day when you have a "desk job" is going to require some adjustments to the daily routine. As I looked out the window this morning I realized that I am going to need another Christmas present. I need a treadmill. The picture above doesn't do justice to the current weather conditions, but there is no way I am going out for a walk in that kind of weather. It's back to sedentary for me.
How frequently in life do we miss the opportunities to do what is right because the conditions aren't ideal? Even if there are no obstacles to our goal, but there is a clear path to a lesser goal, do we tend to cave and go the easier route? For instance, I get the urge and desire to take time to pray and then I walk past the couch and the TV remote control. It is not an obstacle to my prayer, but it is a clear path to a less worthy endeavor. Do I have the inner strength to continue on toward my life of prayer?
I will get my 10,000 steps in today even if I have to go to the mall and walk indoors. However, I am going to attempt to do it outside when it warms up a little and the winds die down to a mere 50 MPH. The other obstacle is in knowing when it warms up. I guess I'll know it is warmer when the ice melts off of the thermometer enough that I can actually see the temperature. I don't think Wyoming ever got the memo about global warming.