Day Eight: Cross Fit Challenge
Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! 1 Corinthians 9:24
Have you ever watched The Biggest Loser or Extreme Weight Loss? Or have you seen those “before and after” videos featuring people who lost a lot of weight after they committed to some workout program? How do they do it? How do they accomplish what would appear as such an unattainable goal?
It’s rather simple, really. They quit doing the things they were doing before and started doing something different. They put down the donuts and reached for the dumbbells. They traded their chips for a pair of running shoes. They stopped channel surfing on the couch and began to take classes at the neighborhood gym. They stopped what they were doing— what wasn’t working for them—and began choosing healthier options.
If you’re ready for a change in your run-of-the-mill marriage or know your marriage is on life- support, you can take this same approach to revive or save it. All you have to do is stop what you’ve been doing and start living His best for your marriage. Sure, it will take time—and sacrifices—but the best marriage you’ll have is the one you’re in right now.
Let’s imagine for a minute that you had cancer and your doctor told you that you would have to go to three 1-hour cancer treatments every day for six months or you would die. I’m guessing you would be at those appointments no questions asked—you’d make it happen.
In order to prevent our marriages from dying, maybe it’s time to put a treatment plan together. Maybe it’s time to trade in television shows and make appointments with your spouse. Put down your newspaper or magazine and take a short walk together and talk—even if it’s only
a few minutes. Stop surfing the internet and do a fun activity together just you two, such as a date night. Don’t feel guilty when you leave your children to have fun with your mate. You are modeling a healthy and growing marriage that will impact future generations.
If you have determined in your heart that you will endure, no matter what, you will make it through. You will remove the “quit option” from your marriage. Jesus is our ultimate example, and we need to keep our eyes focused on Him. He is the author and perfecter of faith and because of the joy awaiting Him, He endured the cross. (Hebrews 12:2) He didn’t quit. He endured all the shame, rejection, betrayal and all the pain and suffering—all the way to the cross.
For her: Is there something you need to stop doing, or start doing in order to improve your marriage? Make a plan to implement the changes by communicating with your husband.
For him: Is there something you need to stop doing, or start doing in order to improve your marriage? Make a plan to implement the changes by communicating with your wife.
For us: Do you have a “quit option” in your marriage? What can you do to remove it? Discuss what changes could be made in order for this to be a fulfilling marriage.
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