60- The Minute Chal­lenge

Activated - - NEWS - By Tina Kapp Tina Kapp is a dancer, pre­sen­ter, and free­lance writer in South Africa. She runs an en­ter­tain­ment com­pany that helps raise funds for char­ity and mis­sion­ary projects. This ar­ti­cle was adapted from a pod­cast on Just1Thing, a Chris­tian char­acte

I read an in­ter­est­ing self-help ar­ti­cle called “Take Charge of Your Life in Just One Hour,” by Anna Rich. It stood 1 out to me be­cause the ad­vice was sim­ple, clear, prac­ti­cal, and putting it into prac­tice ac­tu­ally fits into one hour. Here are my fa­vorite tips (and a few per­sonal adap­ta­tions) of what you can do in that one hour. Some points might work for you and oth­ers might not, but hope­fully, a few things will make sense and help you get your day in or­der. One minute: Make your bed

It might seem silly or in­con­se­quen­tial, but once your room looks neater, you’ll feel bet­ter al­ready. If you’re a rel­a­tively neat per­son, it helps you feel on top of your day when things are in place. If you’re on the op­po­site end of the scale, mak­ing your bed may help you find your fa­vorite, long-lost slip­pers or that bank state­ment you were sure the dog ate.

As the Bi­ble says, “God is not a God of con­fu­sion but of peace.” 2

Fif­teen min­utes: Eat break­fast

There are a lot of health ben­e­fits to eat­ing break­fast, al­though not ev­ery­one is a break­fast per­son. The main point is be­ing aware of your health, mak­ing good choices, and not let­ting them be made for you by run­ning out of time be­fore you can man­age to catch a bite.

King Solomon wisely told his sons, “Lazi­ness brings on deep sleep, and the shift­less man goes hun­gry.” 3

Two min­utes: Write a to-do list for the day

Hav­ing a to-do list helps you see ex­actly what you need to do so you can make sure you get the most im­por­tant things done first. Be­ing able to tick things off your list gives you that fan­tas­tic well-de­served feel­ing of ac­com­plish­ment and helps en­sure you don’t ne­glect or miss do­ing things that are timely or that have a dead­line.

The au­thor of He­brews wrote, “We do not want you to be­come lazy, but to im­i­tate those who through faith and pa­tience in­herit what has been promised.” 4

Ten min­utes: Read a Bi­ble chap­ter and pray for some­one or some event

Get­ting your spir­i­tual side geared up is as im­por­tant as the phys­i­cal side. Take some time to pray for friends and loved ones that come to mind, as well as for the things you’re work­ing on or your up­com­ing projects. Did you hear about some­thing tragic in the news? You can take a few min­utes to pray for those in­volved.

There are a lot of great Bi­ble-read­ing pro­grams that can help you choose a chap­ter or two to read ev­ery day and also help you to get through big sec­tions over time. Other ideas are read­ing a Psalm or a Proverb each day, or a chap­ter from some other up­lift­ing book or de­vo­tional se­lec­tion. Re­fer­ring to the Bere­ans, who were ex­em­plary in the daily read­ing of God’s Word, Luke says, “They re­ceived the mes­sage with great ea­ger­ness and ex­am­ined the Scrip­tures ev­ery day.”

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Two min­utes: Prac­tice grat­i­tude

There are so many things we take for granted each day—like our eye­sight, our health, op­por­tu­ni­ties to study and work, friends and fam­ily, a roof over­head. Tak­ing a few min­utes ev­ery day to thank God for the things He’s given you helps you to see life from a bet­ter per­spec­tive. Pos­i­tiv­ity is a pow­er­ful thing; it has hosts of health ben­e­fits and can even help you walk through doors of pos­si­bil­ity that you may not have at­tempted if you were fo­cused too much on the neg­a­tive.

King David ruled out nearly all ex­cuses for not prais­ing the Lord when he said, “Let ev­ery­thing that has breath praise the Lord.”

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Thirty min­utes: Ex­er­cise

We are phys­i­cally in­ac­tive for much of mod­ern life: study­ing, work­ing at a desk, read­ing, driv­ing or rid­ing in a car or on pub­lic trans­port, sleep­ing or watch­ing TV, sit­ting in front of a tablet or a PC. The chal­lenge is to see if we can give our­selves at least 30 min­utes to go for a walk or do some­thing ac­tive that we en­joy. The Bi­ble refers to your body as “the tem­ple of God.” That means that tak­ing good

7 care of your­self is im­por­tant.

John said it well: “Dear friend, I pray that you may en­joy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is get­ting along well.”

8 2 If you can add these things to your daily rou­tine, you may be sur­prised at how much bet­ter you’ll feel and how much more on top of things you’ll be­come. I’ve just started, and I love it al­ready.

The most im­por­tant thing is stick­ing with it. Any­thing good that you do, even for a few min­utes ev­ery day, pays off over time!

What are sixty min­utes worth to you?

1. Fair­lady, April 2013 2. 1 Corinthi­ans 14:33 ESV 3. Proverbs 19:15 NIV 4. He­brews 6:12 NIV 5. Acts 17:11 NIV 6. Psalm 150:6 7. 1 Corinthi­ans 3:16 8. 3 John 1:2 NIV 9. www.just1thing.com

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