Less is more. Priorities, habits, daily choices reflect our character.  Precisely what we invest into our minds, bodies, and souls directly affects the results [fruit of our labor] we produce. 

I am currently working on building some new healthy habits. I feel a disclaimer is necessary here, as I recognize the type of minimalism I am about to describe is a different economic environment than most encounter in our small beautiful crazy world. 

I want you to know that I am not oblivious to those facts, don’t take my lifestyle for granted for one moment, and furthermore boast only in the goodness of the Lord — not of my own doing: 

1 Corinthians 1:31
2 Corinthians 10:17 
Psalm 20:7
Psalm 34:2
Psalm 44:8

I have begun a new experiment this week in the hopes of practicing minimalism by letting my gym membership [pool access] go and training at the local community pool instead. 

It simply makes more financial sense. Why pay for two memberships if I can get my needs met with  only one?  

Monday morning I attempted my first early morning workout at the neighborhood pool. Unfortunately I could not access any of the gates. 

After shaking off my frustration, I took the next indicated step and contacted the association asking them to please advise on how I could remedy this situation. 

They were very kind and helpful so I attempted round two this morning. 

By the way, this is the first time I have ever swam in a pool in a full body wetsuit.  Although today’s warm balmy weather did not call for it, I am preparing to build a yearlong habit and want to eliminate any excuses for swimming in the winter months ahead. 

The wetsuit felt very unusual for me in interesting ways. I experienced an unexpected buoyancy and a quiet flow through the water. I actually felt rather stealthy, seizing that opportunity before anyone else arrived rising with the sun and flowing quietly down the center of the pool just me and my Jesus. 

As I was leaving, some older retired ladies arrived and I was able to help them with the gate access issue. That, coupled with being surrounded by the breathtaking sunrise over the backlit mountains was confirmation that once again I am at peace in the center of God’s Will. 

I appreciate your prayers for my continued consistency with building healthy habits, and offer the same prayers for your healthy mind, body, and soul as well. 

Less is more. Life is full of choices. Choose wisely. 

Looking forward to reading the book of Psalms with you beginning September 1st, 2022. 

See you soon! :)