Challenges make us who we are as competitors. They transform us into a better version of ourselves, someone we wouldn’t be if we hadn’t faced those difficulties.
The feeling of accomplishment and profound realization of achievement is a familiar one. It is a feeling that wells up from within, filling our hearts and souls with joy. Our confidence soars, and we feel like we can do anything.
However, the value of humility should always be noticed. Even in the dynamic realm of CrossFit, the most remarkable competitors recognize that their inner strength derives from a higher source. Their profound connection with God serves as the driving force that propels them to ascend to greater levels of accomplishment.
James 1:2-4 tells us to find joy in our challenges. “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
It’s essential to remember that while Christ’s physical presence may not be visible to us, His influence remains steadfast, constantly inspiring and empowering us. 1 Peter 5:10 says, “And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.”
Remaining steadfast enables us to confront challenges with added resilience. It’s a quality found in believers who have firmly planted their roots in a spiritually rich garden. Embracing this steadfastness becomes paramount as we navigate the complexities of today’s culture. Just as we avoid weeds and fight off infestations, we find the strength to stand firm and resolute.
1. Commit James 1:2-4 to memory.