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As I have very quickly fallen in love with Crossfit, my very expensive graduate degree in Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention seeks to remind me that the body needs rest to truly achieve gains.  I started last Friday, and today was the first day that I decided to take a one day break from breeching the doors at Electric City Crossfit.  I had two concerns when I started Crossfit: 

  1. Would we be able to adapt it to my movement patterns? 
  2. If yes, would I be able to keep myself from self-destruction through overworking?

I feel like I have a great deal to prove in this endeavor…not to anybody, but to myself.  When I started, I felt like it would be a watered down version of what I thought would take to push me.  When I realized that wasn’t the case, I became worried that I would not give myself proper rest.  I have been waiting for this for so long (since around 2013), I knew that I wouldn’t want to miss a day.  I could see myself doing Crossfit Monday-Saturday, and hand cycling Saturday and Sunday.  That is unsustainable for anyone, regardless of external factors.  I tend to have an “all or nothing” mentality when it comes to things.  If I choose to do something, I have to go 100%.  I also have a problem turning things down.  Between being a husband and father, a job that I absolutely love, serving on boards, serving as the SCAAD (South Carolina Alumni and Advancement Directors) President, speaking engagements, and writing for my website I have a fairly full plate.  As I was dressed to go to the gym today, I sat down thinking that I hadn’t felt lead to write anything for the past two days.  When I opened my eyes, I still had time to get to the gym.  I decided that I needed an off day, and I thanked God for giving me a clear picture of what He was telling me.

Mark 6:31And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. 

We need physical rest, but that was designed in relation to labor.  God calls us to labor for a time and rest for a time.  Whether it be work, ministry, hobbies, or passions, we must take time to rest.  While taking time to rest today from my workout, I realized that I hadn’t spent proper time in His Word this week, and I shouldn’t be surprised that I had gone blank over the past two days in regards to writing.  If Jesus went into solitude at times to pray, why do we think that we are any different.  Even if the time we are busy is devoted to advancing God’s Kingdom, we must still spend time alone with Him.  He will give us rest and renew our strength.

Matthew 11:28-29 “…Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” 

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