Hey guys, it’s Sam! I hope that you guys enjoyed last week, learning more about me and my love for the different things in my life.
As I mentioned in last week’s post, the next few will be part of a series talking about suffering, strength and love. These are the first three words that I think of when I hear the term CrossFit… especially suffering. Anyone with me? Whether you participate in this sport or not, these are some common one-word descriptions for life in general – whether it be spiritual or physical.
Let’s start with a quick challenge. I have prayed over this blog post, and I ask that you do the same. Join me in prayer that it will have an impact on your life as well as the other people that may read it. Pray that God will open doors for you to share His name. If you are not yet a Christian, I pray that you will find the bravery to ask what that means and someday find Jesus as your Lord and Savior; your refuge and strength through all of the sufferings of life.
Okay, all prayed up?! YAY! I am so glad.
So. This word suffering. First impressions? Not something good, that’s for sure. Good ‘ole Google says that suffering is “the state of undergoing pain, distress, or a hardship.” In CrossFit, when we work out we are suffering, grimacing and going through some terrible physical pain. But, it makes us better, and I think that’s why we love it so much. We see progress. Admit it, the way our human minds work, if we do not see progress or something good to come out of what we are doing, chances are we are going to stop doing it. In our spiritual walk with Christ, we may experience suffering in a way that is spiritual, rather than physical agony. In the end of these sufferings and hardships we can look back and see how much closer we have grown in Christ. You have built a testimony. It made you better. There might be that friend that just cannot grab a hold of the love of Jesus. That causes you to suffer. But it might make you realize how important Christ really is. Now you have the chance to grow and lead by example. I don’t know what you’re feeling, but I can tell you that Jesus does. The Bible tells us in 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 that we are able to endure our suffering THROUGH Christ, for our salvation comes from His suffering. Not ours. We don’t have to do anything, except for live for Christ after we accept Him as our own. Accept that we are wrong in our sin, and that he was made perfect for us.
I encourage all of you friends to continue to grow closer to Christ through your struggles by prayer and commitment to the Lord. The scripture I would like to leave you with is the one I mentioned above (2 Corinthians 12:9-10). Write out on an index card what this means to you, bookmark it in your Bible, or highlight it on the Bible app on your phone. Use this as a daily reminder that Christ went through all of the struggles for you, so he can relate. Talk to Him all you want, He cares! Friends, I hope you have a wonderful week.
Anchors away, Sam