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Treadmills are much-maligned.

The term treadmill is used to describe the rat-race that so many people are on, where there’s a lot of activity, but very little forward progress.

Treadmills are also one of those devices that are often bought, but rarely used.  Like most other exercise machines, their owners have good intentions when they buy them, only to leave them in the corner of the garage until they go on e-bay, virtually as new.

However, I suspect that they’ve had a bum rap.  I think that there’s something noble about the treadmill.

Even when unused, they sit there and watch us, challenging us to make good on our intentions of exercising more.  Do you take action or do you just sit there?

And then when we use them, something else happens.

It may be that you intend to exercise for 30 minutes, but after 20 minutes you are tempted to give up because it’s getting too hard.  Do you keep going or do you stop?

Or perhaps you’ve been using your treadmill for a while and can now complete your routine without really trying?  Do you up the ante (increasing the speed, incline or length of use) or do you just remain comfortable?

This post isn’t just about exercise.

The bible and other books that you keep on your bed-side table, ask you the same questions.  Will you take action on your intention to read them, will you keep going when you don’t feel like it and will you up the ante and challenge yourself to not just read the comfortable bits?

Your desk at work asks you the same questions.  Will you do something meaningful there, will you persist when everyone else stops trying and will you develop your skills sufficiently so that you can go to the next level?

In your faith, relationships, parenting, finances or any other meaningful aspect of your life, these questions are important.

The noble treadmill asks us to take action, keep going and up the ante.

How will you respond?

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