As a “reward” for training so hard for my half-marathon the last 6 months, I gave myself last week off. No running. No lifting. No working out.
The first few days, I greatly enjoyed it. My muscles were still aching from 13.1 miles, so the last thing I wanted to do was strain them.
But the novelty wore off, and I quickly grew bored. I felt lost. I would come home from work and literally not know what to do. I actually said to a friend, “I almost feel like I’ve lost my purpose for living.”
While that’s somewhat of an exaggeration, it holds a lot of truth. Training dictated my schedule. Without that invading my life, I suddenly seemingly didn’t have much left.
I invested countless hours in that gym. All for what? To say I ran a race in a certain time.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m glad I trained as hard as I did. I’d do it again. (And probably will next year.) But I’ve felt a little convicted lately. What if I would have put the same amount of time and energy into God’s purposes – praying, reading the Bible, or serving Him? I’m guessing it would have jumpstarted my spiritual life…and been a more fulfilling investment in the end.
What activities do you invest a lot of time in?