“And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.”second corinthians twelve:nine-ten
“Now we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of those without strength and not just please ourselves. Each of us is to please his neighbor for his good, to his edification.” romans fifteen:one-two
We all have weaknesses. Crossfit is great when it comes to exposing those. Whether it’s your mobility, strength, speed, endurance, or a combination those four and the dozens others not mentioned, we deal with things we would rather not tend to. But into order to become a better Crossfit athlete, we must address our goats, the things we just suck at. If we continue to ignore them, they will only remain weaknesses, and our overall health and performance will become stagnant. In order to find success in attacking these weaknesses, you need to take an honest look at yourself and admit that you have these weaknesses. Once you have your honest inventory in hand, let a coach know about them, and ask how you can fix these so you can start growing in your weaknesses. They are there for you. They care about you. And believe it or not, they get it! They have limitations, otherwise they wouldn’t be coaching. They would be touring with Reebok and Crossfit because they’re the fittest in the world. In fact, the Crossfit Games wouldn’t exist because no one would be able to beat them if your coach didn’t have a weakness to speak of.
Now let’s shift our thinking from the Crossfit realm to the realm of the spiritual.
We all have weaknesses. We are human. We are subject to temptation. The one Man who came to live a perfect life faced temptation in Matthew 4. There isn’t a person in this world who is without weakness. Romans 3:23 says, “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” We are all sinners with weaknesses who desperately need Jesus. The beautiful thing is this; Jesus is strong when we are weak! So what are supposed to do? Sit back and just let Jesus take the wheel? No! We must do our part. Take it from the top and let’s see how we can address our weaknesses in both worlds.
- Take an honest inventory. Assess where you are, and map out where you want to be.
- Admit to yourself and others these weaknesses exist in your life.
- Ask someone who is more seasoned to help you grow in the weak areas of your life.
- Be consistently diligent with tackling these weakness daily.
- Go easy on yourself. We are our own worst critics. There is progress, even in the failure.
- Celebrate the highlights and share the downfalls with someone you trust, whether they’re a peer or a mentor.
- And above all else, in both areas, prayerfully seek God to be all you need when you are weak.
You are weak. No matter your deadlift or your spiritual prowess, you are still weak. You cannot do it on your own. You need someone to be in your corner and lift you up.
What’s the good news?
Everyone else around you has weaknesses too! So whether it be in Crossfit or your walk with Christ, don’t run for, your weaknesses any longer.