A constitutional by Oxford’s definition is, “related to the body's ability to stay healthy, be strong and fight illness”.
The Urban Dictionary defines a Morning Constitutional as, “. . . what happens when someone has to take an early morning bowel movement.”
That being said, I am a firm believer of defending my right to a daily constitutional. And let’s face it, I’m not being cheeky, most of us over forty would defend this right to the death. For some of us it’s the only moment we get alone all day.
The question remains then, what is one to do to keep oneself entertained while sitting listening to the steady irritating drip from a leaky faucet?
Read, of course.
As a child, my family always had water-stained and tattered Archie magazines sitting on the top of the cold, damp porcelain tank. The pages would stick together and when carefully pried apart, parts of Archie’s face would be transferred onto Jughead’s burger making it somewhat amusing but very hard to read the snappy commentary. When I grew older, my tastes matured and the Comics were replaced with Nancy Drews and later, Readers Digests.
Now, a full-fledged, tax-paying adult, my laboratory library consists mostly of devotionals.
I mean, if the whole point of a constitutional is to support the body's ability to stay healthy, be strong and fight illness, the way I see it, I can kill two birds with one stone, so to speak. (Just not a kidney stone, thank you very much . . . bin dare, dun dat and let me tell you dare ain’t no reading going on!)
But I digress.
The moral of the story is, why waste time passing waste when one can do some spiritual cleansing at the same time? Doesn’t our soul need to stay healthy, strong and fight off ills as well?
This may seem all in jest, but there is truth to this tale. I do keep a copy of Our Daily Bread and Jesus Calling on a shelf right at eye level and guess what? I never miss a day that way . . .
Just call it my Morning Constitutional Devotional.
The End (Pun intended)
Urban Dictionary, http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=morning%20constitutional
RBC Ministries Our Daily Bread
Sarah Young, Jesus Calling Thomas Nelson (Oct 12 2004)
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