Sisu Way Podcast Photoshoot (Thank you to Scott McGee!)
In the early days of CrossFit, my dear friend and longtime mentor, “Coach” Greg Glassman once told me after a particularly grueling workout that, “men will die for points.”
Coach was referring to the “score on the whiteboard,” that my fellow training partners and I had just worked so hard to achieve. However, despite how hard I had worked, at the end of the day, a spray-bottle of windex and damp towel would erase the scoreboard, and the unsuspecting eye would have no clue the battle that had taken place.
I think the Apostle Paul would have loved CrossFit, and the effort that we put into our training sessions. Paul used athletic training as an analogy for spiritual discipline on numerous occasions. For example, in his letter to the Church of Corinth, Paul wrote that, “I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air” (1 Corinthians 9:26). Paul knew his “score” was not a temporal matter; rather it was a matter of eternity, and of the Kingdom of God.
I believe the insight is to train hard inside the CrossFit gym, but to train even harder for God’s Kingdom. Although the “score on the whiteboard,” will be wiped away at the END OF THE DAY, at the END OF OUR LIFE the Faithful will achieve the “crown that will last forever” (1 Corinthians 9:25).
Keep fighting the good fight of faith!
~ Greg Amundson