When Faith gets tested, keep it

I often field questions about my faith on a weekly basis. A lot of those questions come from young adults ranging from grades 9-12 and adults who knew me 10 years ago or just recently.

I don’t know if there’s a general interest or people are looking for me to break and show that it’s been a facade. Answer is simple: It’s not a facade and I break everyday.

I sin every minute because I’m a human being who’s not perfect but I try everyday. It’s a choice each and every morning to make time for Christ. When I wake up in the morning and if the first thing I think about is grabbing my phone to check messages then there’s a problem. That may be an addiction issue. But i’m guilty of that. I’ve done it many times and I’m not proud of it.

Every Friday night for over three hours I spend time with close to 100 kids who are impressionable and going through the toughest aspect of growth, puberty. And high school isn’t all rainbows and unicorns either. It’s not easy to preach to them or tell them how they should act. The best thing I can do is know my strengths as a leader and lead by example. Do some kids pull me aside and talk to me privately? Absolutely and I cherish those moments because they trust me and I don’t want to let them down.

I take the same approach with my adult friends. I’m not sure if they trust me or count on me to give them answers or to guide them in right directions but relationships are very important to me.

I liken our relationship with God similar to our relationships with other people. At the beginning, everything is new and cool but there comes a time when the dynamics of the relationship begin to change and a Christian becomes more centered, more rational, and more aware that the walk with God is no cakewalk. And that’s eye opening and not an easy pill to swallow.

Peter writes about that in the New Testament when talking about how God gets us through various trials.

So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.”

Although I’ve experienced and enjoyed the highs and lows of my walk with Christ, I would not trade any of the scars and battle wounds because they remind me of how faithful Christ has been to me.

There were people who told me in the beginning that I was going through the ‘honeymoon’ period and things wouldn’t always seem so wonderful. Of course they were right. Where I stand right now has taken a different shape from when I first announced Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.

With everything going on in the world today with the hate, politics, and choosing of sides I have to constantly remind myself that man will destroy man but there’s only ONE solution for me and that’s to rely on the promises God told me.

A lot of people today are unbearable to read at or listen to because everything they say are judgemental, political, and full of hate. I can’t live like that it’s too encompassing and mentally draining. Social media has recently taken a complete turn for the worst.

Pastor Steven Furtick said a few years back that ‘We compare our behind the scenes to everyone else’s highlight reel.’ And that slogan has stuck with me and I try to live through that ever day I click on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

I struggle everyday with trying to be something I’m not or hating myself when I look into the mirror but I know it’s a problem and I just have to tell myself who I am and Who’s I am. It’s not easy growing up in this world and I see how difficult it is when I meet with these high schoolers every single week. It’s a completely different scene from when I was there age 10 or so years ago. It’s truly mesmerizing.

Look, I have a lot of problems just like everyone else but I’ll never hide them from people. We don’t have enough time on this earth to hide those things. I’m happy that in today’s day of age people are more accepted than in the past for their interests or fashions but it’s still a tough crowd there, so please guard your heart.

The Lord has me every moment of every day and He will forever meet me where I am. That is something I can worship and hold on to. Not crossfit, not pro wrestling, not baseball. But Jesus Christ is my constant and He’s never let me down yet.

Faith can move mountains. And when yours gets tested, keep it and watch the favor shift back. Be patient and be grateful for this day.


Snatch and Rope Mayhem

On the day when Disney announced the title of Star Wars Episode 8: The Last Jedi, I will attempt to PR my toughest lift. The Snatch.

To this day, the snatch has been my toughest lift. I don’t believe weight is the issue as much as form. My form struggle mightily on this lift because I think too much. No excuses. I think way too much during some of these olympic lifts that it alters my results.

Since the new year I’ve been struggling with my confidence in the crossfit gym. It’s nobody’s fault but my own. I’m such a competitor that sometimes I check myself out when I’m pissed. I put a lot of pressure on myself each time I step on the mat to workout. I’m not a pleasure to be around. Not saying that’s acceptable but I expect a lot out of myself.

The people who train me are inspirations to all of us who walk into Crossfit Mt. Laurel and I struggle to make them proud. The focus isn’t on me but I put that single spotlight on myself and when I fail it crushes me.

Yes, this isn’t my job but I take it very seriously. There’s plenty of time to laugh, joke around, or be a community but once the timer begins it’s all business. I have not performed to the best of my abilities and things must change. And I’m confident they will. And I believe it’ll start tonight.

It’s a necessity to get out of my own head. No thinking just doing. This week we entered the halfway point of the eight week cycle and I’ve seen minor improvements. My power cleans, toes to bar, clean and jerks, and back squats are strong. So there’s an optimistic view.

My issue is that I want to be Rich Froning everyday and when I fail I destroy myself over it. I don’t mean I want to actually be Froning, because I don’t. I enjoy being Chris but I mean from a Crossfit point of view I want to reach that point. I want to be confident with each lift or WOD I perform. I’m not at that level.

I can’t even climb a friggan rope 15ft.

Again, impossible I know as he’s the fittest man in history. Notwithstanding, those are the goals I put in my own head. Unfair? Yes. Wrong? Absolutely not!

I’ll continue to bust my behind in these lifts and WOD’s, however, things have to improve. In the kitchen, off days, and inside the gym. I can’t anymore failure. I know I always tell people to embrace failure and learn to love it. It’s damn hard to practice what I preach.

But I’ll PR the snatch Monday night and will hopefully climb a rope 15 ft someday soon.

It’s a big week with many plans on the calendar. Most importantly, this Sunday is the Royal Rumble! My favorite WWE event of the year.

My Rumble winner: Samoa Joe.

Prayer of the Day:

Today I pray that I not let worry or doubt invade my thinking. I believe God is in control, therefore I know everything will work out fine.