This post is one of looking to the future and reflection on the past…
As I am talking to people about being intentional in their conversations with others I tend to reference that it is imperative that they move away from their comfort zones. This is one of those things that can be easier said than done, as I am often told. Yes, I have been blessed with the ability to find comfort quickly in groups, small or large…familiar or strange …but I believe that this is in God’s Plan for me. It has come much easier as I have studied more regarding God’s commandment for us to GO.
Mark 16:15 ESV
And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.
As I have continued to move down this path that I feel God moving me, I have started to realize that parts of it are continuing to push me further out of my comfort zone. As I have started this journey with Crossfit, I am amazed at the number of people within social media that it has brought me into contact with…from across the region, the country and internationally. I realize that while not something unheard of, not many expect to see wheelchairs in the gym. This opens conversations, and I am comfortable with any conversation. What I am realizing this journey is going to bring is an ability to bring more relationships into my sphere through my need to be competitive…whether it be throwing paper into a trash can (which my wife probably would say I wouldn’t know where a trash can is located) or rock, paper, scissors (which I am unbeatable). For the last five or six years there has been a lack of things in which I have been able to compete. While I was never nervous on athletic fields, this is something new. While I am not nervous to compete in Adaptive events, I am interested to see how I will stack up with others. I am still learning many things about Crossfit, but will attempt to compete very soon, as there are really only two big Adaptive competitions…of which I am going to attempt to compete in both in 2018. Wadapalooza in Miami in January of 2018 and the Wheelwod World Championships in 2018. While not sure if I will be able to make it to those, I will never be ashamed to go after it. If you are scared to put it out there, you are already at a disadvantage…this is pushing me a little out of my comfort zone, but not by much. These are events where the people competing are all in unique situations with similar outcomes…i.e. I would be in a wheelchair with all others.
While this post consists of me saying that I am going to attempt these competitions (which pushes me to shut up and do it), the part of this that really pushes me out of my comfort zone starts this week. I will be competing in a regular, in house competition at Electric City Crossfit over the next few weeks. There is no Adaptive division for this competition, so I will have to figure out how to compete in unison with others who will be using their legs for the movements. I would be lying if I said it doesn’t push me out of my comfort zone, but I can’t wait to get started. I am starting to see that God is opening up doors to speak with people through this new love. We will see where this road leads.
Push yourself outside of your comfort zone this week. Be intentional in starting a relationship with someone with who you don’t normally speak. Take that extra step in sharing your story with someone. Take a conversation to the next level concerning God’s Love and salvation.