We’ve got your daily encouragement, written by Nate Molby.

 

Bible Reading:

Hebrews 12:1
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.”

 

Word:

I really feel like the greatest peace in my life comes when I finish something. When that moment comes and I can look back on a job well done and say, “Yes. You’re there. You did it.” That’s when I can close that challenge from my mind and proceed to celebrate…or review to improve. In fitness it can look like the following:
“Chipper” – I need to accomplish this work in this order as fast as I can, then it’s complete.
“AMRAP” – I need to work as hard as I can for this amount of time, then it’s complete.
“EMOM” – I need to move this weight or do these reps…and not tap out in the middle…then it’s complete.
“Run a marathon” – I need to just finish this thing…or, I need to beat a score while I finish it…then it’s complete.
This past week there were 5 grueling days of fitness tests that exposed men and women, young and old, one at a time until only one remained. But when each completed their required work and logged that last rep, the consistent feeling that came over them was that of peace. Peace from anymore pain. Peace from anymore mental challenges. Peace from anymore pressure to dig deep into that pain cave and somehow expose their talents that have been forged in fire.
My favorite personal moment of peace in fitness is the exact time it takes for a bar to drop from over my head before it hits the floor after a successful snatch or clean & jerk during weightlifting. It’s almost an out-of-body experience for me each time – the lockout, the guttural roar that comes, and then the bar passing past my eyes, shoulders, torso, and legs before it crashes and bounces like a basketball on the platform. That moment of peace is addicting to me – not unlike what Tia or Justin felt as they crossed that finish line with their final lunge and released that bar from overhead.
But as a competitor here on earth fighting for a life that it so much more than snatches and amraps, where do we find a peace that is infinitely more valuable than a new PR? Hebrews 12:1 says:
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.”
It specifically says to strip off every weight that slows us down…so that we can perform for God. Not for us, but for God. Memories of PRs will fade. Rankings at the Games will be forgotten. But when we are in that moment of peace in our lives and our race is done, what will be your prize?
It’s not about me.

 

Prayer:

God, I just want to run this race for you. Please guard me from the temptations in my life that would so easily cause me to slip up. Please open my eye to the things that are trying to weigh or slow me down. I just want to run this race your terms, not mine. It’s not about me. Continue to remind of that. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

 

Skillwork:

Spend some time just being with God. Not journaling, or listening to music, or reading. Just sit and be. See what he begins speaking to you.

 

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