My friends and I love going to our local Crossfit gym. Every time we go, we are challenged with daily work-outs that strengthen our bodies, and drives us to perform exercises we never imagined we could do. The sense of accomplishment we receive keeps us motivated to do each exercise one step at a time.
This advancement in my health journey is a far cry from the years of struggle I had through “yo-yo” dieting, failed gym memberships, and binging overload on greasy and sugary food.
Previously, I remember driving by the gym on a regular basis and seeing the members of Crossfit working out. I would often think to myself, “I could never do that! ……I would never be able to that many pull-ups!”. And to be honest, when I joined the gym last October, I still was not sure that I could do the exercises. At that point-in-time, I was at my heaviest weight ever, and was now suffering from back problems. But after seeing the results my own family and friends had received from Crossfit I decided it was time for me to take charge of my own health and well-being.
In fact, I have come to realize that your “mental” attitude towards any work-out is just as important as performing any exercise with technical correctness. What you think and say to yourself during those work-outs has alot to do with whether you will finish the work-out or not. Right thinking will produce right results.
The bible says in Philippians 4:13 “ I can do all things through Christ, who gives me strength.” God has empowered us to do the work he has called us to do. Through the death of Jesus on the cross, and his resurrection from the dead, we now have the ability to do all that we are called to do.
How can I translate this bible verse into my training at Crossfit? As Christians we have to ensure that our thoughts and words line up with word of God. We must discipline our minds to think as Christ thought. Whenever I am going through a tough workout of the day, I have to remember such scriputers as Philippians 4:13 to get me through.When I have reached my “peak” in performance, I will often say to myself, “one more time”, until before I realize it I have finished an entire workout with great satisfaction.
My thinking has to be in line with God’s thinking, and I have to know that his victory on the cross of Calvary is ultimately my victory in every aspect of my life; including Crossfit.
Challenge for the DAY!
Here is my challenge to you today. Proverbs 16:24 says “Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” If you are in need of some “healing-words” today, then take some time to talk to yourself today. Seek out scriptures that confess the word of God to you, and get your thinking in line with God’s word. Place these scriptures where you can see them on a regular basis, and recite them over and over again to get them deep down into your spirit.
You can check out a list of confessions by clicking here.
Remember, you belong to the Lord Jesus, and that makes you amazing!
With love and best wishes,