By Aaron Carmichael,
Chief Development Officer
Medieval times certainly had their torture devices, but the 21st century isn’t to be outdone. I present to you the spinner. Sure, it looks somewhat harmless but so did the rack. But upon closer examination, the spinner reveals a very dark, dark secret. One hour on the spinner, and the object of its torture is begging to be released.
Yes, I’m talking about an exercise bike, and the spinning class I’ve been attending. This isn’t just sitting and peddling for 60 minutes. This is one hour of intense, uphill, downhill, in the saddle, out of saddle, cranking at 20 mph while a drill-sergeant-type individual screams at you to go faster and not stop. All performed to an upbeat mix of popular music. Sure, I’m free to leave whenever I’d like, but I have to survive this if I even hope to survive a week of intense cycling.
OK, so it really isn’t torture, and to compare it to medieval torture devices is completely unfair. When Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 1:7, "For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline." I know that I have to continue in this effort in boldness and not give up. I’ll be honest, there are days I want to stay home, sit on the couch and eat some of that raspberry cheesecake. But like I said last week, this isn’t about me. This is about those families who need a simple, safe, decent place to call home.