As part of our day 91 plan my Exodus brothers and I have begun to read The Way by St. Josemaria Escriva. Our plan is to slowly work through the book. As such, during my reading this week I came across the following text (#24).
You are ambitious: for knowledge, for leadership, for great ventures.
Good. Very good. But let it be for Christ, for Love.
These words stopped me dead in my tracks since the first sentence (about being ambitious) describes me well.
I do thirst for knowledge. I do strive to lead as best as I can. And I do long for new and exciting ventures that force me to dig deep and work hard.
And, as it turns out, my journey to better health is a perfect example of one of these great ventures. I’ve enjoyed learning more about nutrition… I’ve enjoyed learning how to do CrossFit… and I’ve enjoyed seeing how my health and fitness have improved as the days and months have passed by.
But, as Mike has shared in the past, we must be very careful to never lose sight of our main purpose here on this earth. And this purpose isn’t to be awesome at kipping pull-ups, or to have chiseled abs, or to identify ourselves as “CrossFitters.”
Instead, our purpose should be to continuously grow in holiness so one day, God willing, we’ll spend eternity with the King of Kings and Lord of Lords in heaven.
But, with this said, it’s OK, even good as St. Josemaria Escriva states, to seek out great ventures, like CrossFit and clean eating, so long as we never let it distract us from our ultimate purpose.
Put another way, we should seek ways to grow in holiness no matter what we’re doing… including that next MetCon workout. How can we do this you ask? Easy.
When you want to quit because you don’t think you can do that last set of burpees I’d encourage you to picture our Lord suffering on the cross. Then unite the minor (or not so minor) sufferings you’re experiencing with His cross for your family and loved ones. In other words… let it be for Christ!
Until next time… be holy, eat clean, and do more push-ups!