Can You Do A Thousand Of Something?
That’s your challenge for today. I’m going to ride 1000 miles around the perimeter of Florida for Florida Hope Tour 2013. I challenge you to do a thousand of something.
And, to make it fun and add a bit of accountability, how about sharing your plan with the rest of us?
Want to do something about your fitness? How about 1000 total push-ups? Sit-ups? Pull-ups? All three?
Minutes on a bike or treadmill? (1000 minutes = 16 hours 40 minutes)
How about minutes volunteering somewhere? Mentoring a kid? Reading to someone in a school or senior center?
What if you helped each of your your kids put 1000 pennies in a jar for Convoy of Hope, make some sort of fun family ceremony out of it that includes talking about world hunger and social justice? Small sacrifice, big reward.
Heck, you could buy 1000 copies of RICH’S RIDE or RELENTLESS GRACE (I’ll give you a screamin’ deal!) and donate them to local shelters and detention centers. Okay, maybe that’s a little over the top, but you get the idea. There are a lot of worthwhile things you could do 1000 of. (You could buy five copies and donate them…that’s about 1000 pages. Just sayin’.)
You pick your time frame. I’ll ride five weeks between January 28th and March 1st, and you can match that if you wish. Or you could begin now, which gives you about 90 days (that’s about 11 sit-ups/push-ups/pull-ups per day). You can figure out the math.
I think the key might be choosing a small challenge, something that requires a commitment but not a radical lifestyle change. Life’s about small changes, small habits formed and maintained. If you get a bit more fit, volunteer a little, talk to your kids a little more, you’ll see small changes that become bigger ones.
That’s the point of the 1000 Challenge. And the sharing—that’s a reminder that we’re part of a circle, that your commitment encourages me and everyone else to hang in there when things get tough. You may never know the impact your 1000-commitment makes on someone, but God will use it in some big way.
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