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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Sport or Fitness (02/15/07)

TITLE: Six Slices
By Carol Gray


In today’s society, it is a challenge to have it all. Everybody is thinking about keeping up with the Joneses. January 1 is a day to begin New Year’s resolutions for most folk. The main topic on the street is, starting off the New Year right. Many goal oriented individuals consider the entire spectrum of life. It is a known fact that, good intentions are not enough. If you go to the gym, every stationary bike will be occupied, but most folk won’t open up a retirement account, or get their spiritual lives in order. Advertisements bombard your thinking everywhere you look. You are not thinking for your self, but advertisers are forcing you to think what they want you to think. It is the theme of this hour—be thin. The faces of well none actors and superstars are definitely in the limelight, and everyone wants to be like them.

What exactly should be the aim in life that everyone is shooting for? That decision will be different for each of us, but there has to be a guideline to follow—a blueprint, a pattern, or a template. It doesn’t happen over night and neither can it be done unintentionally. No, a decision has to be made with your specific intentions in mind. To be totally fit or not to be totally fit, is the question. For the most part, total fitness in every area of life seems impossible to achieve. The words here to remember are--seems impossible. It’s really not, but it appears to be, out of reach. Now erase those debilitating words from your mind, and replace them with these empowering words, all things are possible; if you believe. Think about it a moment. Let’s investigate the situation, and see what has caused this horrific problem. To begin with, physical activity has been traded for computer and electronic games, television, and the Internet. Honestly, where is there time to squeeze total fitness in to the equation? We are experiencing an epidemic, where obesity is out of control. Adults are not the only ones over weight, but our children are seriously obese, too. Not only that but, credit card debt is gone over board, too many marriages are ending in divorce, some famous people as well as common people, are committing suicide, and teenagers are hooked on illegal drugs. Something needs to be done, don’t you agree? Where do we begin?

Be aware that God is concerned about the total man. See 1 Thessalonians 5:23 (KJV), which says, “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly…and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved…” God wants you whole.

First of all, come with me into the world of imagination. Picture in your mind a pie, which I’m calling a wholeness fitness pie. Divide this pie into six equal slices. The first slice should be designated spiritual slice. Slice two will be the family portion, followed by the financial slice, the education/intellectual portion, and finally the mental/physical portion. Remember, we are preparing this wholeness fitness pie for a special someone, and He is expecting a complete pie.

Most people think they are all right if one sixth, two sixth, or even five sixth of the pie is intact, but that’s not accurate. Wholeness is one hundred percent. It is not good enough to settle for being mediocre. Get serious; and complete six sixth of the pie, and you will happy to present your wholeness fitness pie to the world.

If you are having problems accepting this challenge, consider this. How would you like to be physically well, with no money, no friends, no education, and no spiritual life? Would you rather be financially independent, with poor mental and physical health, well educated, and have a loving family? Regardless of the scenario you choose, it is not hard to understand that having wholeness is better.

People tend to settle for a little something, rather than nothing at all. However, everyone can have a philosophy to get it all. Who can stop you from reaching your goals? There is no one big enough on earth to stop you. It is a fact that every person who is alive can choose to enjoy their own wholeness fitness pie, all six slices of it.

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Jacquelyn Horne02/24/07
This is a good challenge. I would have prefered to see it pictured with words, rather than told. But, nonetheless, a good goal has been set here.
Donna Powers 02/25/07
I agree this is an admirable goal. Your words are a challenge to all of us. You expressed yourself clearly. Nice work
Marilee Alvey02/26/07
Your words challenge us all towards balance, something you point out is out of whack in our society. So true. You make a good point, here, and give us a pie to measure up against. However, you have quite a few grammatical errors that interfere with your wise words. Perhaps you could find proofreader to help. It's tough leading us to visualize a pie through your writing, but you've done a good job of it. Now, if you'll excuse me, for some unknown reason I find myself hungry for pie!