Faith and CrossFit

Faith and CrossFitLynn is a hard taskmaster. He’s recently found CrossFit and has been forcing this brutal regime on me. Just kidding. But I have been doing some exercises at home in the privacy of my living room.

Last night he told me I was going to do 100 squats. And I resisted the urge to slap him. But then he told me to just get 10 and rest, or just get 5 and rest. And then when I was really hurting, he said just get 3 and rest. And when I was at 70, I stopped and did my push-ups. 50 of those. And when I thought my arms were literally going to fall off, he said, “Now get the last 30 squats,” and I wanted to slap him again. But I started squatting and was shocked to discover that my legs had recovered a little and I was able to knock out 10 without too much agony. Then I took them 5 at a time until I reached my goal. I was exhausted and a little nauseated, yes, but I did it.

You see, the thought of doing 100 squats was pure insanity to me. There was no way to wrap my brain around it… until there was. And that’s how we have to approach a lot of tough situations in life. Problems may seem huge and insurmountable, but if we take a small step of faith, and then another, and then another, then we find ourselves moving steadily through the problem until one day, we look up and realize we are on the other side.

That’s how faith works.

We do not see the whole picture, we do not know how it’s all going to work out. But we have to do what we know to do, a step at a time, a day at a time, or sometimes even a moment at a time, all the while putting our trust in Him, our answer-giver, our way-maker, knowing that God works all things together for good to those that love Him and are the called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). That means He can use every drop of blood, sweat, and tears along the way to bring something beautiful out of our journey.

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Jump or dive

My sisters and I used to love this game called Jump Or Dive. It was a hilarious game that our Dad played with us when we would go swimming where ninety percent of the time, someone would end up doing a belly buster . . . or five.

Dad would sit by the pool and one of us would stand on the diving board, all the way at the back. We would take our running start and spring into the air, and at the moment we would get airborne, Dad would yell either Jump! or Dive!

You can imagine the myriad of disastrous entries into the pool we would achieve.

It was nearly impossible to not try to guess what he was going to say, and no matter how hard you tried, you would have your decision made by the time you got to the end of the diving board and bounced. You were either going to jump, or dive, or land flat on your face, or a combination of the three.

I was reading a blog today, (imagine that!) Actually, it was a blog about blogging and knowing your audience, and providing them what they want, and all that jazz. It was a little “selly” for my taste, but it had a winner of a one-liner that has stuck with me all day. This blogger encouraged writers to, “Be willing to zig, even if you are 100% certain you are going to zag.”  I immediately thought about this game.

It’s a question of commitment! You have to be totally committed to obeying a command with only a split-second warning. You are literally in the air and the water is coming up to meet you quickly, and you have to hear the instruction and do it. It’s kind of like being a minister. And not just the kind that stands in a pulpit or travels the world preaching the Gospel, but a born-again believer who knows the Lord and shares Him when the opportunity arises.

The Bible instructs us to, “Preach the Word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.” (2 Timothy 4:2) We need to be ready to move if the Holy Spirit tells us to We never know when our paths might cross someone who desperately needs what we have. The Jesus we show that person with a smile, a kind word, a hug, might be the only Jesus they ever see. (I try to remember this concept when I run to the grocery store with no make-up on.)

So I’m reminding myself as well as you, be ready to jump or dive. Be ready to zig or zag. Be ready for the open door to share the love of God. The more you are ready and willing to be a blessing, I believe the more opportunities will come your way. People can sense when you’re open to sharing with them, they can also sense if your door is closed and your blinds are drawn. Keep yourself in ready-position in the spirit and in the natural. You never know who God may use you to influence for eternity.