Body by Jake, Groans by Marge


We found a cool piece of exercise equipment at Goodwill this weekend. It’s a Body by Jake gizmo that’s a cross between a Nordic Track and an elliptical exerciser. The best part is that it was only $14.99 and with my 25% off coupon, we got it for only $11.24. Eleven dollars and twenty-four cents worth of lean body machine. Awesome.

I decided to try it out yesterday afternoon. It took some trial and error to get the hang of it, but after a little while I was gleefully gliding along. With Vivaldi serenading me from my CD player, time passed quickly. I was getting one of those revered total body workouts and I was on top of the world.

Before I knew it, a half hour had passed and it was time to start supper.

“Oh, man! That machine is great!” I shouted as I hit the top of the basement stairs. The workout had gotten my blood pumping and my adrenaline surging and I was on an exerices high for the rest of the night.

The high ended this morning. The alarm went off and I hopped out of bed, not because I was feeling so energetic but because my muscles were so stiff and painful that I could barely move. I uttered a few comments about my friend Jake that were considerably different in tone from the ones I’d uttered the day before.

As I groaningly hobbled down the stairs and flipped on the coffee maker, I scolded myself for being so foolish. “You wanted the ultimate workout, and that’s exactly what you got, silly. So, buck up and quit complaining.”

Then I chuckled. That’s exactly the attitude I have in my spiritual life. I want with all my might to have the ultimate spiritual workout, but when God finally puts me on the Soul by God machine and gives me what I wanted, I complain about all the pain and stiffness that results.

Guess it’s time to buck up and quite complaining about that, too.

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