“And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Jesus in Mark 12: 30-31

I have been doing CrossFit now since the end of March. I NEVER thought it would be something I would or could do.

My church has two CrossFit small groups available each small group semester. One of my close friends leads the Monday night one. She’s been doing CrossFit for about 2 years. She’s REALLY strong and hardly has any fat on her body. I think she’s pretty cool. Well, she was out of town last night and asked me to lead the devotional. This is what I was inspired to write/ say:

On the website CrossFit.com, they say, CrossFit is a lifestyle characterized by safe, effective exercise and sound nutrition. It can be used to accomplish any goal. There are 3 components that make CrossFit different:

  1. The work outs
  2. The lifestyle
  3. The community

The work outs are a combination of warm up, strength, then work out of the day. (WOD for short.) Every day is different…and we tend to work out a different part of the body each time.

A lifestyle of healthy eating is very important for our lives. They say that 80% of weight loss is in food alone!

I am an extrovert, so I LOVE the community of CrossFit. You work out with a group. At our “box”, (That’s what we call the gym), we get nicknames and SOOO much encouragement!

Left: before CrossFit, Right: last week

Switching gears here…. I believe that we are called to live a Cross Fit life with Jesus too. Think of the cross and what it means to you. For me, it means that He died for my sins, He defeated death, and secured a place for me in Heaven one day.

There are 3 components to this:

  1. Praying
  2. Listening/ Learning
  3. Serving

When we are doing these three things, we are living a full, well rounded Christian life. Prayer doesn’t have to be scary, just talk to God like you talk to your friends and family. Even if you get mad, that’s ok. He can handle it.

Listening for Him to talk back is important. He does so in a WIDE variety of ways. Learn how He talks to you and learn as much about Him and the way He’s called us to live.

Last, but certainly not least, we are called to serve. Jesus came as a servant, not as someone to overthrow the government. He washed the feet of His disciples, which was one of the LOWEST jobs for the lowest person in their culture. You don’t have to do BIG stuff, just smile or hug someone. Get outside of yourself and do something for someone else.

My life has been made better because I live this way. I still have trouble and hard times but I have a loving Father helping me through. I get discouraged and feel like I want to quit, but I push through. I have lost inches that I didn’t think was possible. My mind set is different. When I want to give up, or when I need to move something heavy, I think, “You do CrossFit, you can do this!”

This is how I choose to live my life. It doesn’t mean I’m right,but it’s what works for me. I encourage you to try both ways of CrossFit life!