chapter 3: Beginning with the Word

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”

John 1:1-5, NIV

If I’m searching for simplicity, doesn’t it make sense to peel back the layers I have caked onto the core of life? How do I get back to the beginning? This verse from the gospel of John articulates the answer to my question so well.

I barrage myself with books, websites, podcasts, music, television…and more often than not, they are a distraction from the true Word.

In the past I have gravitated towards study guides when reading the Bible, but this year I have decided to read through the entirety of the Bible in a sort of “raw” way that I’ve never experienced before.

So far, when I make the time, it’s been refreshing. I’ve also picked up on many details I didn’t know about before in familiar Bible stories. My biggest struggle is consistency, but I’m working towards STARTING and FINISHING my day in God’s word.

Try it out:

I track my reading with one of the plans available through the Bible by Olive Tree app. Check them out and see if there’s one you’re interested in starting.

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chapter 2: Active All Day

I spend most of my day seated, working in front of a computer. The majority of my physical activity happens after the work day is over, meaning that for the first 10+ hours of the day, I am basically sedentary….not good!

I have started using cumulative activity as a simple and quick way to incorporate “bonus” exercise into my day, and to keep me energized and moving all day long.

It’s amazing how fast these quick bouts of movement add up! Here’s what I did today:

8am – 8 Squats

9am – 9 Jumping Jacks

10am – 10 Burpees

11am – 11 Push-ups

12pm – 12 Mountain Climbers

1pm – 13 Bridges

2pm – 14 Plank Bird Dogs

3pm – 15 V-ups

4pm – 16 Superman Extensions

5pm – 17 Wide-legged Squats

In total, by the end of my work day I will have completed 125 reps! This activity isn’t intended to replace my usual workouts in the afternoon, but I’m amazed at the BIG energy boost I get from such a simple addition to my day.

Try it out:

Pick two or more bodyweight exercises, and rotate through them as the day progresses. Setting an hourly timer is a helpful reminder.

For a greater challenge, start earlier or finish later in the day.

How did you feel at the end of they day? Did you complete all sets?