In the world of weightlifting, CrossFit, etc… There will be many times you will come across people who cheat reps, lie about the weights they hit, and even lie about the time they got on a workout just to feed their ego. Truth is, it doesn’t matter. It’s not within your control how they decide to workout and if they are being honest or not. The work we put in privately will show some day. It’s best to stay in our own lanes mentally and put in the work. Grind it out. Be honest with ourselves and allow the numbers to show in the long run. It might suck now to be at the bottom of the whiteboard when it comes to metcons and PRs BUT over the course of a few months & year, it will show. Every rep counts, every movement matters, everything we do has a purpose. Both in the box and outside of the box.
I’ve chosen to take a little time off of blogging to work through some things that have occurred recently in my life. It has been an incredible time where I have been spoken to on many levels… This verse spoke major volumes to me on some areas that were revealed…
Often times in life there will be opportunities to have pure motives and do what is right and just in the sight of God or not. There is major cancer in the Church today where people look Christian but act like the world. In public they say all the right things, pray the Christian prayers, and “live” like a true disciple of Christ. Sadly, in private they do not live that way. I have been guilty of this many times throughout my walk where I find myself offering public sacrifices but when a moment comes into my life where I can choose to be just and right but I don’t. It grieves my heart deeply at times when those moments try to come back into my heart and mind but I simply remind myself that I grew from those moments and did my best to make amends.
There have been many times I have personally been hurt by those in the “church” that I thought loved God with all their hearts only to be thrown into the fire by them when it came time to be there as a true friend. Luckily, we serve a God who refines in the fire and makes us stronger. A God that can make a way when it seems like there is no way. A God that is faithful and just to take care of all of our needs. The word says that God is near to the broken-hearted! We must remember to NOT allow others actions to cause us to stumble. At the end of the day, no matter how much we love that person, we cannot control the way someone acts. Truthfully, we can only control the way we react.
Maybe it’s time we stop being so focused on our public offerings to God and we start focusing on the moments in private where we can do what is just and right. Maybe it’s time we all check our motives behind things we say and do. Maybe it’s time we all start to worry more about ourselves and allowing God’s righteousness to work through us instead of being so worried about other’s actions. There is SO much freedom when we no longer allow people’s actions to effect us, but rather we learn to control our reactions to it.
Stay in your lane. Focus on you. Focus on what God needs you to do. Focus on doing what is just and right in the sight of God instead of offering Him public sacrifices. Yes, they may be “ahead” of you on the white board, but one day you’ll be head to head with them for a workout and doing what is just and right will pay off. It’s not our job to be worried about people’s private walks versus their public walks. It’s not our job to be worried about someone lying on the white board. It’s our job to worry about ourselves, pray for others, and present our BESTs to God each and every day.