Todays Spiritual WOD

broken-but-blessedI am a raggamuffin. I have been broken hearted and beat down and I know what it means to hurt so bad you wish you were dead. I have made some bad choices and I have done some hurting to people as well.

Can anyone relate?  It is ok to talk about it. Every single one of us has done something and been somewhere. I spent years of my young life searching for the meaning of life. Wondering why bad things happen.  Feeling insignificant. Projecting my pain and suffering onto other people and into my relationships. Then I spent years trying to fix things. Trying to fix people and situations. Repairing damage and trying to reverse failures and shortcomings. Its ok to want to help and to do all I can to help…but I am powerless over what has happened in the past and I am powerless for what the future holds. The small amount of “power” that I have lies in this very moment. This moment. Right here, right now. Not 5 mins ago, not 5 years ago…not 5 years from now. Life is a Voyage of Discovery, Run the Risk of Failure.

Genuine self-acceptance is not derived from the power of positive thinking or jedi mind games; It is an Act of Faith in the God of Grace. The beauty of Grace is that you have done nothing to earn it, you can never accept credit or take pride in it…it is a free gift that came from an uncomprehendable sacrafice and nothing can seperate you from it. You must merely accept it. Seek truth for yourself. Each person must be accountable for what they know, what they believe, and how they apply that.

“For those who feel their lives are a grave disappointment to God, it requires enormous trust and reckless, raging confidence to accept that the love of Jesus Christ knows no shadow of alteration or change. When Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy burdened,” He assumed we would grow weary, discouraged, and disheartened along the way. These words are a touching testimony to the genuine humanness of Jesus. He had no romantic notion of the cost of discipleship. He knew that following Him was as unsentimental as duty, as demanding as love.”   – Brennan Manning

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