Cravings Never Satisfied…

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“For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world.” 

Have you ever sat back and thought to yourself about how amazing it has felt to pursue something you hoped would satisfy you, but didn’t… Silly right?

Let me rephrase…. Have you ever truly found yourself at the point of doing something that you know isn’t good for you, but feels good in the moment? Shoot, I know I have! My thing has always been eating more than I should.

This silly cycle that leads towards absolutely nothing good or edifying for my long-term mental or physical health. Where I say I am going to commit to a diet or cut things out from my diet but the cravings overpower me. I then give into the craving thinking the same, “one last cheat” or “just one bite” or the best one of all ” I’ll start tomorrow”…

You see, John (Son of Zebedee, not John the Baptist) wrote this around the 90s AD but it still speaks to us today. I would even argue that it speaks to our generation even more! We have grown up with instant gratification, get what we want, hustle hard and you’ll make it, blah, blah, blah… We have been fed this lie that we can pursue what we want and then we’ll “make it.”

That is the furthest thing from the truth! It’s never enough money, never enough “likes”, never enough “followers”, never enough sex, never enough alcohol, never enough religion, etc… We need to get to this point where we realize that NOTHING this world offers us will ever truly satisfy the depths of our souls. It will only feed the CRAVING.

Things that come from our Father in heaven do satisfy and He is the only thing that can truly offer what our hearts desire. How many of us run from diet to diet, workout plan to workout plan, relationship to relationship, addiction to addiction, and so on but never truly feel at peace? I know I’ve had my fair share of running from one thing to the next. Desperately seeking to find that next thing that will offer me a moment of satisfaction. Desperately seeking to find the easiest way to make the pain go away. Seeking to make my heart not ache. Seeking to be able to look in the mirror and be at peace with my body. So on and so on.

But the truth is, we will never feel satisfied. I know people that look INCREDIBLE and have absolutely TRANSFORMED there bodies but still aren’t satisfied. I know people who have chased there dreams, “made it” and still aren’t satisfied. I know people who have run from thing to thing, only to feel the deep regret of making that decision.

If there is one decision I would plead with all of you to make this year, it would be to pursue God with all your hearts. Put all the time, effort, money and passion you can into Him. Take the same effort you have given to your job, to your fitness program, to your diet regime, to your relationship, etc… to God. I can PROMISE you that the return you get back from God is INFINITELY better than anything you could ever get from other people, things, careers, hobbies, or desires…

Let the fullness of God’s presence make you into the person He has always desired for you to be… Give the pain a purpose. Make the hurt impactful. Make the growing pains worth it….

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Comfortable being uncomfortable

One thing I️ hear constantly from my friends at my local box (Crossfit Gym) is that I️ avoid getting uncomfortable. When it comes to pushing towards that point physically where things hurt, where I️ can fail, where I’m outside of that “safe” comfort zone, I️ back off.

Over the last few weeks, I️ have come to realize that it’s a pattern in my life. The risks I️ take are always calculated. The chance of failure is always minimal & the damage done if I️ do fail is pretty much non-existent…

Not anymore. God has done some amazing things over the last 4-6 weeks & is calling me into an entirely new & extremely uncomfortable decision to leave my comfortable, salaried, steady & safe position to be a Financial Advisor.

I’ve gone back & forth over this for a while & at first, it started off as a slight joke. I️ reconnected with one of my first mentors, he referred me & within weeks the job was being offered to me by the grace of God.

At first, I️ thought it would take months so naturally I️ wasn’t too nervous. I️ had a few months to “help” God out and try to save some money just Incase, BUT…. that’s not what God had in mind. He made it loud and clear to me that He is going to push me out of the boat and leave Himself as the only option for survival…

This journey is by far the biggest leap of COMPLETE faith I have ever taken… Pay cut, extra costs for medical, cell phone, etc… I’m excited to see what impact God will have on the financial industry through this situation.

#VOD: Romans 8:6

“So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.” (Romans 8:6 NLT)

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Man… This verse is one of those verses that challenges me to my core.
My mental game sucks. BAD. When it comes to Crossfit, discouragement, confidence, etc… my mind is my worst enemy. My mind wanders places it shouldn’t at times and takes me down that rabbit hole that makes small problems into massive ones.

Now, I know some of you instantly are going to peg me with judgment and I’m okay with that. I know that weaknesses are not always “glamourous” or something worthy of praise, but I REFUSE to live a life acting like I have it all together because I DON’T. I have a lot of things that God is constantly working on in my heart and in my life. Is it discouraging? NOPE.

Ya, you read that right. I am not discouraged and ashamed of the fact that God is still working on me. When times of discipline and challenge come into my life I think back to what the writer of Hebrews talks about in chapter 12 about God disciplining those He loves. Funny story, that’s actually the next message I’ll be preaching at a local Faith RX’d meeting in my home town. Learning to let the spirit guide and direct our lives, thoughts, choices, etc… is in a process. One that will never fully be completed here on earth. I’m sure there are pretty that has an amazing track record and are faith-filled, passionate, fiery believers, BUT they have even had moments where they struggled.

One thing that stands out to be about this passage is the concept of “letting.” Both in the spirit be in control or the flesh. I think the main part of that is which one we are feeding the most. If we are constantly thinking about worldly things, I would imagine the flesh would be stronger and take control. If we constantly focus on God and the beautiful blessings in our lives, then the spirit will be stronger. The main point I am trying to make in this entire post is that we have to feed the thing we want to be in control. According to the Word, if the spirit is in control then there is life & peace… So realistically, let’s go with life and peace, shall we?

Love wins ya’ll…. Grace wins.

 

 

Bring Awareness

This blog speaks so much volume and truth. Please take the time to look it over and let God speak to your heart…

Lifting Faith

At times my thoughts are an organized mess. This post did not start as this topic, and it had a different title, and different ideas came and left as I sat here and typed, but then I decided. This is what I wanted to talk about. This is something that is so important to me that I want to stick to this one topic for this post. There’s so much of my story that I would love to share. But this, this is the biggest part of it.

I started this blog for one reason:

NO ONE SHOULD EVER FEEL ALONE.

If you are reading this, just know, no matter what you are going through, good or bad, you are not alone. There are over 7.1 billion people in the world, and we are all living life. Yes, we are different in many ways, but I guarantee that you can find…

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For health or competition

Here are two clips for the standard Olympic lifting movements that are used in weightlifting.

Clean and Jerk movement:

Snatch movement:

I have spent almost two years doing Crossfit 5-6 days a week and it has helped me realize a lot of things about my body. During these few years doing Crossfit I have fallen in love with the weightlifting portion of it and have made the transition to doing Weightlifting programming for the majority of my time spent in the gym…

I have been fortunate enough to avoid injury over the last few years of working out and have been blessed to still be able to do Crossfit without any injuries. I spent many years doing the “bro” workouts inside of the gym without many results & definitely no real use when it comes to just being “fit.” Crossfit definitely opened my mind towards the true reasoning of why I want to workout and be healthy which is why I still try and do metcon’s a few times a week because I genuinely enjoy them…

What I wanted to talk about today is something that took me a LONG time to realize: 5 extra pounds or hitting the programmed percentages is not worth the chance of injury. Yup….. SO often when it came to my training I would push myself as hard as I could and was LUCKY enough to not get injured even though my lack of care with my form put me at an immense risk for injury!

When it comes to just wanting to workout for fun, health, or because you enjoy it we should be more aware of pushing ourselves within normal limits. To attempt to push ourselves past our limits at the risk of serious injury is not worth it!

At the end of the day, we have to ask ourselves if we are training each and every day because we enjoy it or if we are training each and every day because we plan on competing. Once we decide where our hearts lie within these spectrums we can train smarter. 

If you have any questions let me know! There are Crossfit boxes and weightlifting facilities all over the world!

His Personality

Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to.
Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and as born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. (Philippians 2:6-8 NLT)

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Although the verse doesn’t necessarily (clearly) display any “personality” traits of Jesus there is actually a lot that is said in this verse. This verse speaks of the humility that Jesus had. This verse speaks on the willingness to give it ALL for the betterment of another. This verse speaks of a King willing to become a slave to relate to us.

Jesus’ humility. From the very first portion of this scripture it says that he did not think of equality with God as something to cling onto. Although he WAS GOD, He did not cling on to it. He was comfortable enough within Himself and had enough faith that it would all work out in the long run that He did not cling to that equality. As believers we need to remember that even if we ARE THE BOSS/Supervisor/Games Athlete that we should not think of ourselves as any higher then the lowest person in your business or box. Arrogance is a growing problem within the world and sadly within the Church itself. It shouldn’t matter who you ARE because ultimately everything is His. So we should be able to lay our titles aside to love & serve one another…

Jesus’ willingness to give it all. He gave up His divine privileges. Think about that… He gave up the most beautiful place we could all imagine. For you, for me. Simply because He did not want heaven without us. So He willingly and eagerly gave it all up to come down to earth for us. The verse says HE GAVE UP… As in willingly giving up the absolute best for us. Not too sound too harsh but I know some people within the Crossfit community that won’t give up there “bar” or even go drop in at another box because it’s not there “home box” and other silly things. We should give up our places of comfortability from time to time for the betterment of those around us.

Jesus’ not only gave up being a King, but He gave that up and became a slave to all. Not only did He give up His divine privilege for us all, He took on the humble position as a slave. This is a position of servant-hood. A position we should all seek to pursue. Promotions and positions are incredibly blessings, but they become Godly blessings when we are able to be in those places with the heart of a slave… a servant.

If we all were to choose to live and love like Jesus did then maybe just maybe people would not have as much bitterness towards Christians. Yes, we cannot conform to this world and we need to stand on the word of God that is our truth… That does not mean we continually cast stones at every person we see sinning… Because the truth is we are all sinners and are all in need of God’s grace.

Love wins… Grace wins…

Right & Just // Proverbs 21:3

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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.