This weekend we have several people from our box going to the Garage Games in Atlanta! We are so excited to see how the people competing will do in their individual and team events. So what is the point of competition? As CrossFitters, we compete every day – mainly against ourselves, but also against each other. That is why we write our scores on the white board. Be proud of your time, no matter what your ranking is. It will get better, if you show up and do the work. Your times get faster and the weight loads get heavier. You start to feel like you are walking a little taller than you were before.
Competition breeds success. According to the Bible, competition is a vital component of success. However, left unchecked, competition can also lead to failure. As I was on the website for the Garage Games, I saw slogans for the apparel companies represented. One states “Life as Rx” and a particular slogan that caught my attention reads, “Make Every Rep Count.” This weekend at competition, every rep will count for the athletes competing. CrossFit holds one to a certain higher standard. If movements are not done correctly, one gets the dreaded “NO REP”. That is what sets CrossFit apart from other sports. Execute the fundamentals of the movement correctly or it doesn’t count. So, what if we lived our life like these slogans? “Make every rep count”. Do we live by God’s standard to make every day count? Hold yourself to a higher standard than the rest of the world and make the most of each day. You do so every WOD, so why not every day? As I read blogs from various boxes and then see it in my own box, CrossFit makes us better outside the box in various aspects of our lives. Why not focus on the most important standard? You have a purpose! You should want to live “Life as Rx” in Christ. God’s prescription for our trials, tribulations and requests lies in His Word. Live by it. “Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.” [John 14:21]
Pursue living your life in the way you pursue your workouts. Make it count! Don’t quit when it gets hard. Competition disciplines us to be better. When you don’t strive to be better, you will never see any progress.
“An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.” 2 Timothy 2:5