Over the past 4 days, I have heard the term “adaptive athlete” about 30 times in reference to my beginning Crossfit. From my time playing/coaching collegiate baseball to competing in road races or on my “2 wheeled” bike, I never really understood why anyone would pursue something that wasn’t a “normal activity” done in a “normal” way. To say that has changed is an understatement.
I would have never attempted this in my earlier life, but my perspective has changed quite a bit. As I was watching a YouTube video of a guy who had is legs amputated at two years old (who now bench presses 450 pounds and owns his own Crossfit box), he said “if I am going to be in a wheelchair, I am going to be the best athlete I can be in a wheelchair.” When he talked about not being a cripple rotting in a wheelchair, something in me just snapped. I can make excuses about what I cannot do, or I can shut up and adapt to the situation God has blessed me with in a “full throttle” approach. While God’s Plan is perfect, he requires us to put in the work. In the words of the famous philosopher/Christian Hip-Hop artist Andy Mineo, “how you plan on getting swole if you don’t ever get sore.” I started with a diet overhaul in which I got more serious than ever before about what I put into my body. Two months and 30 pounds later, I am getting back into the idea that I can transform myself through hard work. While I appreciate the encouragement I have received from my new brothers and sisters at Crossfit Electric City, I know the tone in which I would have said it previously. It would have been a form of “pity encouragement” to someone for which I felt sorry. This is not a negative to anyone, but I understand where it is coming from. I understand I have to do some things differently, and different is sometimes awkward for all involved. We will look at it in six months, and I look to see what the outlook is from everyone. I will adapt…
Why, as Christians, do we not adapt? Why do we try to force our evangelical endeavors in a “cookie cutter” approach?
Christ met unbelievers where they were. He realized what many Christians today still don’t seem to understand. Cultivators have to get out in the field. According to one count, the gospels record 132 contacts that Jesus had with people. Six were in the Temple, four in the synagogues and 122 were out with the people in the mainstream of life.
In this passage, Jesus did not just come up with a plan, and then take it somewhere. He came up with a solution for the people with which he was getting ready to come into contact, He met the needs of the people immediately in front of Him. We need to be intentional with our daily lives. Be prepared and willing to adapt to other’s needs so that you may be effective in your witness.
Excuse the grainy picture, but this is me within an hour of getting my Crossfit chair. I decided that I needed to test the ability of the chair to pop wheelies.