Chin up, Buttercup.

When I was in elementary school, middle school, and high school I (and maybe you too) endured the “Presidential Physical Fitness Award” testing.  To this day, I don’t think the results to those tests get anywhere near the White House.  I don’t think Mr. President ever pours over the results and decides who gets recognized and who gets wedgied.  I always silently thought it was some scam, created by gym teachers who don’t have anything else planned because…well…they’re gym teachers.

No offense to all the gym teachers out there–oops–I mean Physical Education Specialists out there, but my high school gym teacher was the biggest pot head in the school.

Every year in high school, there was the long trek from our gymnasium to the workout room on the other side of the building.  The air in the workout room was thick with the stale aroma of football player funk.  Poorly ventilated, poorly lit, and I’m sure a hotbed of juicing, we went in there once a year for one purpose: the pull-up test.  I hated the pull-up test.  My personal best was 8.  That’s right.  8.  I was always jealous of the girl version because all they had to do was hang there.  With my pronounced jawbone, I could have done that all day with no hands.  Yep, pull-ups were my nemesis and the glaring light that shone on my physical weakness for all to see.  But here’s the thing about the pull-up bar: The only way to do more pull-ups is to do more pull-ups.

Today I’m grabbing the pull-up bar of blog writing and for better or worse, I’m giving it a go.  Right here, right now (I’m nearly shaking while typing this), I’m going to blog regularly.  (I wrote and deleted the word “daily” 4 times.)  Why do I want to increase production on my blog writing, you ask?  Here’s why:

1. I’m inspired.  My friend and yours, Myles Bristowe started a new venture just today.  He’s committed to blogging about marketing (his field of expertise) everyday.  His muse? A fortune cookie he’ll crack open every morning, read, and somehow connect to the world of marketing.  Brilliant idea.

2. More and more, I want this writing thing to go somewhere.  Lots of people have asked me if I’ve written any books, and the simple answer is “no.”  I’ve been told that I should and that’s really nice, but as Jon Acuff puts it, “Writing a book is like a marathon, and blogging is like training.”  So, if I’d like to one day have a book out there, I’d better get intent on training, right?

3. Finally, I enjoy writing more than I enjoy doing most things.  I don’t know why and I’m not ready to psychoanalyze myself to figure it out.  Just do me a favor, okay?  Tell me if I shouldn’t be doing this.  I’ve sat in way too many church services listening to someone sing because they “love to sing”.  They should have first conferred with those of us who have to hear them sing.

So there.  In a non-committed, committal kind of way, I’m saying that I’m taking it up a notch.  It won’t always be perfect, it won’t be always polished, but it will always be flowing.

6 thoughts on “Chin up, Buttercup.

  1. Hey there sir. Hope everything is well I happen to hold the record of pull ups in both elementary school and middle school. I checked with them about a year ago, and I still had the highest number. Come work out with me. You’ll be ripped in no time. In Christ,
    Michael Wilson

  2. I love your blogs and your gift of writing. Knowing how I love to write I am sure you got that from me. NOT!!!!!!

  3. Thanks for the honorable mention, but my job is easy. All I have to do is eat cookies and these things basically write themselves. Your literary fitness is at the top of its game and NO ONE, not even the President will be giving you a wedgie.

  4. For a minute I thought you were about to launch into the spirituality of working out 🙂 You commit to writing, and I’ll commit to reading!

  5. Good for you, man! If the Spirit speaks, you write. Or as I heard a preacher say one time, “If God doesn’t move, shut down! If He doesn’t speak, shut up!” Love ya!

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