I am not a fan of churches peddling books for profit, but Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven Life, and now, The Daniel Plan, seems to be helping a lot of people to find Christ in their daily walk so I’m not going to argue with that.
My mom gave me the book and in a nutshell this is it:
1. LOVE (referred to as FAITH in the book)- “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and love your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10:27)
A more explicit connection is this: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)
2. Food – “Then God said, I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.” (Genesis 1:29)
3. Fitness – not only for your body, but for your mind and spirit. The most important thing to remember is prayer. “Do you now know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit …? Therefore honor God with your bodies.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
4. Friends – “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9)
5. Focus – “Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you.” (1 Peter 5:7 NLT)
At the heart of the plan is this: The ability to dream and hope as Daniel did and develop a heart of gratitude.
The easy answer is running for weight loss, walking for less injury.
The difficult answer is neither.
Neither is better because both are good. After reading BORN TO RUN by Christopher McDougall, how could anyone say anything bad about running? Our bodies are amazing. We’ve just been bullied into sedentary lifestyles by our urban settings. Ultra marathon runners prove over and over and over again that our bodies were designed to perform incredible feats of strength and endurance. They make me believe in the ability of those kungfu masters of yore to jump from floor to rooftop, from bamboo pole to bamboo pole.
I’ve also found that running with my padded ASICS keeps me from shin splints, but also gives me very awkward footing on a terrain other than cement. I can’t do barefoot running because of the hard surfaces, but my Merrell running shoes come close to keeping me close to the ground, feeling every nook and cranny, without having to worry about anything sharp and dangerous puncturing my skin.
So honestly, who cares which is better?
Just don’t wear Nike while doing it.