Let me tell you, Siri is tough! She doesn’t suffer fools, especially this one. She completely ignored any little excuse that I could come up with and then found a way to scare me into doing whatever she wanted. Siri is about 5’2″ and walks around the gym in a ponytail and pink sneakers. But make no mistake, Siri’s got so much muscle on her that if she tells you to do a burpee, you do a burpee (whatever those are).
Today was my four-week check-in and the end of my time with Siri. The moment of truth came: I got on the scale, ready to see all of my amazing results. To my and Siri’s disappointment, not only did I not lose any weight, but I’d gained a couple of pounds since beginning training sessions four weeks ago. Siri was shocked!
“What went wrong?! You’ve been working so hard here at the gym and home!”
“At home?!” I replied.
Apparently, I was meant to have taken what I learned from Siri at the gym and continue the work at home. I failed to do that. It certainly didn’t help that my friends and I had instituted Pancake Tuesdays, Donut Fridays, and Sushi Sundays. I thought that since I worked out so hard at the gym, I could coast for the rest of the week and see the pounds melt off! But here I am with nothing to show for all the time and money spent.
I find that I do the same thing with my spiritual life. I attend church once a week and maybe a retreat once a year. And I come out of those experiences feeling spiritually healthier and stronger. But it doesn’t mean anything if I don’t take the time to build my spiritual muscle daily.
Also, I hear that Jesus is a much better personal trainer than Siri!
“Place these words on your hearts. Get them deep inside you. Tie them on your hands and foreheads as a reminder. Teach them to your children. Talk about them wherever you are, sitting at home or walking in the street; talk about them from the time you get up in the morning until you fall into bed at night” (Deuteronomy 11:18-20, The Message.)
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Jael Amador writes from New York.© 2002 - 2023, AnswersForMe.org. All rights reserved. Click here for content usage information.