I was in my favorite Starbucks the other day. Shocking, I know. I ordered my Fall favorite, Triple Venti Pumpkin Spice Latte.
Near the door stood a man, a little shorter than me. We’ll call him 5’11”. He appeared to be very fit and his shirt even advertised it. It said, “Rogue Fitness!” And then had some added information about kettlebells and who knows what. Honestly, I quit reading after, “Rogue Fitness!”
As usual, I started a conversation with a complete stranger.
“Hey, tell me what Rogue Fitness is all about.”
The conversation from that point was a blur. I know I left with a business card, his name (Matt), the fact that Rogue Fitness was his gym and an offer to come and check it out. He was so excited about his gym, I honestly contemplated checking it out. Until I came back to reality and realized that would cost money. Nevertheless, the fact I won’t be going by, didn’t diminish one glaring fact that was blinding me as I walked to my car.
Why can’t Christians be that excited about their faith?
If I was wearing a church shirt and someone asked me about it, would I have responded that excitedly? I sure hope so.
When given an opportunity like this one, do we jump all over it with the tenacity of a Rogue Fitness Coach?
Do our eyes light up? Do they get really big? Do the veins in our neck stand out a little more? Can people see the passion about your faith when you talk with them? Or does your impression leave them feeling as if they would fall asleep at your church?
God has come across the cosmos and intervened in our world. Given us a mission and purpose. Told us that no matter what happens, we will not fail.
And yet we often times act as if we are scared little dogs, afraid to tell anyone what we believe.
So get out there you Christians. You who claim to be followers of Christ. You who show up on Sunday morning and sing the songs, listen to the message, take the communion and claim to live for and obey Jesus. Get out there and be excited about your faith. When someone is done talking to you, they should feel the excitement and passion pouring out of you. Get excited Christians!
And unlike Rogue Fitness, there isn’t even a membership fee. So you can tell that stranger at Starbucks that it’s all free!
1 Peter 3:15 (NLT) – And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it.
We are almost always in a rush to get somewhere. Hurry to the next thing. Get to the next place. Do it quickly because I have a “to-do list” a mile long.
But today is my day off. So I slept in a little later than normal. All the way to 7:15 am. Mostly I slept in a little because of my workout last night. I spent some time with the kids before they headed off to school. And when they were off to school, the house was empty and quiet. A great time to simply take it slow and enjoy the beautiful morning.
When my wife returned from taking the kids to school, we decided to go on a run together. I absolutely love the freedom to go on a quick run with my wife. We don’t get to do that together very often, but it’s so much fun when we can. I guess there’s something special about having a hobby you can share with your favorite person on the planet.
The scenery was beautiful; my wife being the #1 source of scenery attraction for me. I’ll just leave that thought there. =) The sun was bright. The temperature was perfect for a run.
It was simply a fantastic morning! I took it slow and I liked it that way.
I do still have things to accomplish today, but what a great start to the day.
So I want to encourage you to take it slow. Find time today to slow down. Evaluate life a bit. Enjoy those closest to you. Take time to enjoy the weather and sunshine. Don’t just rush through it and take it for granted.
Get out there and slow down!
It’s becoming increasingly apparent to me that when it comes to blogging, I really don’t know what I’m doing. Oh well. It’s all in fun and for people I know to be able to keep up with things in my life.
All that said, I started another blog. Not sure why. I probably could have just added the posts here, but I didn’t want to cramp my style.
I decided to journal my CrossFit journey. What workouts I do and when. Time results. Nutrition and more.
So if you want to follow along, you’re welcome to join me over here.
There you have it. Another Stan Rodda blog. The world is so much better now.
I had this crazy idea to write about some of the things I learn throughout the day. Maybe transform some of the stuff I write into a journal at some level. Whether that happens or not remains to be seen. But to start, how about some of what I learned today. We’ll call it, “WILT.” Get it? See what I did there?
God breathes life, but you have to be dead first!
I learned that even in a book like Ezekiel, when you seek God, there are some significant spiritual truths that surface. God uses these to transform us, from the inside out. You should read Ezekiel 37. One of the moments that struck me was this one…
Ezekiel 37:9 – “Speak a prophetic message to the winds, son of man. Speak a prophetic message and say, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come, O breath, from the four winds! Breathe into these dead bodies so they may live again.'”
In the midst of spiritual death and dryness, God does His best work. God can’t breathe life into me if I don’t die to myself first. I must give up doing life my own way in order for God to breathe into me, true life. If I want to experience all God has to offer me, I need to be willing to die to my own wants, desires, needs and selfish patterns.
Someone needs to know the real you!
It feels good to get beyond the superficial parts of life with someone. It is healthy to share your hurts, pains and struggles with someone you know and trust. For me, it’s a group of guys I meet with for accountability. On a more personal level, it’s my wife.
There’s something healthy and great about allowing her to know what’s really going on inside me. Sitting down for a cup of coffee and really digging in is ultimately liberating. I was able to spend time with my wife today, just the two of us. It was great to be able to connect with her at a deeper level. Taking our relationship into deeper and better waters.
But it is such a good hurt. I love the way I feel when I’m working out. I love how I feel when I’m done. I really love the energy I have the next day. Yes, it hurts. But it’s such a good hurt.
What did you learn today?