Apr 21 2014

Finish the Race

You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail.
And there I find you in the mystery.

Oceans // United

This is the song that would be playing on repeat on my earbuds if I was doing what 36,000 other people are doing right now, defying fear with every pound of the pavement. 

They are determined to finish the race, that some of them couldn't last year.  They are trying to be afraid or to worry about what happened at the finish line last year in the Boston Marathon. 

I’m thinking some of them are praying.  This is what happens when you take a step towards something you are afraid of; you pray harder, and you get closer to God.  Maybe that's the point?  Maybe that's why God tells us over and over again in the bible "do not be afraid", "be strong and courageous".  I think He wants us to take steps towards what we are afraid of, so he can be with us.  Because he knows that we will get down on our knees asking for help, and when we get through, it get down on our knees grateful that He did what he promised he would do.   

"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you" (Matthew 7:7)

What is the race that God is asking you to run in?  What is it that you are allowing fear to limit you?  Maybe today is the day that you could take a step towards it, and a step deeper in your relationship with God? 

Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
and my faith will be made stronger.  

Oceans //United  

Run my friend. Don't miss out.

 

Feb 27 2014

Find Your Point of Failure

You might think that failure is bad. 

You might try to live your life so safe that you never fail. 

What if you’re missing out by doing that? 

CrossFit has completely changed my attitude about failure. The goal of most CrossFit workouts (WOD’s) is to find your point of failure. 

We celebrate when someone works so hard they can’t possibly do one more pull-up or lift 5 more pounds, because that means they left nothing on the table. They found out how strong they are. 

If you found failure in your life, congratulations!  You have discovered how strong you are and where you need to improve.  

I fail everyday at CrossFit, but I go back the next day to try do better. When someone beats my score by one rep, I'm frustrated, but I do better and work harder the next time. 

I think that’s a lot like what God’s asks from us.  I haven’t found a verse yet that says “thou shalt be safe.”  I read a lot about not being afraid though. 

"Have I not commanded you, declares the Lord, to be strong and courageous for the Lord Your God goes with you wherever you go." -Joshua 1:9

Lord, help us to find our point of failure in living our lives for You. Let us leave nothing left on the table, so we can spend eternity with You knowing that we did everything we could to bring more of Your children with us.