He said, “The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge, my savior; thou savest me from violence. I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies. -2 Sam 22:2-4
As I continue to learn about my physical and spiritual life I’m always on the lookout for parallels between the two worlds (fitness and spirituality). I recently came across yet another way to grow in both.
The advice came from Chris Spealler, a devoted Christian and 7 times CrossFit games competitor. He was asked how he finds a way to work through the pain of a hard workout. His advice was simple. He said when the pain of a workout really sets in he does his very best to hide from it while also telling himself it’s only temporary.
That’s it. He hides from the pain and tells himself it’s only temporary. Simple. Totally doable.
Once I heard this I immediately knew how to apply it to the time in the gym… but what about my spiritual life? After pondering it (I was driving to Kansas by myself so had a lot of time ponder… LOL!) I realized it wasn’t all that different to dealing with the temptation to sin.
We’re all tempted to sin and that’s never going to change. Heck, Jesus was tempted! But the way we deal with the temptation is what matters. So, perhaps one technique we can all try is to simply hide from sin the next time we’re being tempted. But, in order to hide we need to have something, or someone, to hide behind. So, how about we all hide behind the name of Jesus?
Specifically, the next time you’re being tempted I’d encourage you to call on Jesus. Say His name. Ask Him to protect you. And remember, the temptation – like the pain of that workout – is only temporary and will pass if we persevere.
The fantastic news is we can practice this technique in the gym when the stakes are low, spiritually speaking.
In other words, when the lactic acid burns like fire and you don’t think you do another burpee or push-up… don’t give up! Hide from the pain and persevere. That way when we’re tempted to sin, meaning the stakes are much higher, we’ll be prepared and know what to do and, most importantly, who to hide behind!
Until next time… be holy, eat clean, and do more push-ups!