These words hang on the entrance to CrossFit Country:
(v12)Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees.
They are a constant reminder of what happens behind the front door at CrossFit Country. There is Sweat. Sacrifice. Failures. Triumphs. Individuals pushing themselves to feats they never thought possible. Goals being reached. Goals being set. Friendships and brotherhoods forming. It is a place where greater things happen than some could ever imagine in their fitness life. However, all the fitness successes pale in the relationships formed within the walls of CrossFit Country. Friendships. Support Systems. Accountability Partners. I would wage, CrossFit Country, houses the most incredible community of people anywhere. It’s truly incredible. Wayne and I experienced the community at it’s best 8 months ago, when he amputated his thumb at the very gym he has built with his own hands (Now that’s a whole ‘nother post in itself!). Anyways, those words are read every day by hundreds who enter the doors of the gym in Oviedo.
Reading this scripture recently, I read on to the next two verses:
(v13) Make level paths for your feet, so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed. (v14)Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.
Those words, particularly verse 14, struck me like they never had before. You see I am a grudge holder. It’s definitely a flaw. I have gotten better, however, I definitely still dwell on things well after I should let them go and move on. However, my husband is COMPLETELY the opposite. It’s truly amazing to me how he can just move on after something that would debilitate me and most others. Over the past couple years, we have had some of those who we would least expect do some things we could never have imagined. Now, things have always worked out and each time for the better. However, did it hurt? Yes. Was it painful? Of course. Stressful? Absolutely! But in it all, Wayne pushed on. He was strengthened by the events and considered the new situations a challenge and an opportunity to grow. Not only as a business and business man but as an individual, as a friend, as a husband, as a father, and most importantly, as a man of God.
Several times I have asked him how, or even why, he chose to move on so quickly and without harboring any anger, frustration, or resentment. His answer is always “Why would I do that?” then we move on to a conversation about how holding on to situations and feelings usually always hurts the one with the grudge WAY more than it hurts the others (who usually don’t even think twice about the situation or incident). Back to verse 14, “make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord”…WOW! This is Wayne, definitely not me! I’m sweet and kind to those I don’t know or those who are my friends, but Wayne is kind and forgiving to those who have wronged him. Wayne has shown other Jesus in trying situations. He is the forgiving one. He is the one who has turned the other cheek. He is the one who hasn’t forgotten but has accepted the situation as it is and tried to make the best out of the circumstances. He is the one who is showing others a glimpse of holiness that I can’t imagine showing to them.
Wayne and I have lived in some very unforeseeable situations over the past year or two. Now, have we been blessed beyond anything we could ever imagine (Eph 3:20) over the same time period, ABSOLUTELY! We have also encountered some circumstances that were trying, each time I’ve watched Wayne spent about a 12 hours venting and frustrating, the next day (Lam 3:22-23) he will awaken refreshed, encouraged, and stronger than before. Ready to grow to levels he’d never be at without the trying situations occurring.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, I am married to the strongest man I have ever known. He has a love and passion for life that most can’t even imagine. His energy and work ethic, go beyond any I’ve ever seen. He loves ALL unconditionally, those he calls friends, those he doesn’t know (yet), and those that have “wronged” him. I’m honored to be his bride, his best friend, his helpmate, and his partner in this crazy life. ❤