The One vs. The 99

Conrad Jackson, one of the men who pulled the Hotshots off the mountain. He did the workout in full gear and ran with his axe. A very touching moment.

It’s not a secret. I like CrossFit. A lot.

There are the obvious reasons, like, I enjoy being fit and active. I also like the mental aspect and the variety of the workouts just as much as I love the community and the culture of CrossFit. It fits me well.

But last night after returning home from a CrossFit fundraiser for the Granite Mountain Hotshots Crew, something hit me.

For a while, I have been trying to put my finger on the reason why I keep coming back WOD after WOD for more than a year, four days a week and not missing unless I have to. Like the time I had strep and my husband almost had to hog tie me to keep me home to rest because I was contagious…whatever. Besides my family and my children, there isn’t much that captures my passion like this. The trump card? Jesus. Now don’t go thinking that I am in anyway comparing CrossFit to Jesus. I am not. But hear me out.

Matthew 18: 12-13 “What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off.”

Two defining aspects of CrossFit are the culture and the community. It is thick, it is tight and it is welcoming. From the first moment I walked into our affiliate gym, I was treated like any other person. It did not matter that I didn’t have tattoos all over my body. It didn’t matter that I was sorely out of shape. It did not matter that it was my first day. The owner personally greeted me and when I felt like I couldn’t do anymore lunges or whatever we were doing, the people around me encouraged me and pushed me to finish the workout. I couldn’t explain it, but I was hooked. Here was a gym full of people who were in incredible shape and had muscles on their muscles who had every reason to look at me and think “what in the world does she think she is doing here?” And not one person did that. I felt like the one sheep. CrossFit goes after the one. And that is incredibly important for me. It is important for me to know that despite my deficits, I am still welcome.

God invented this concept. If you keep thinking that no one will go after you, you are wrong. Jesus will always leave the ninety-nine to go after the one, because every single person matters to him. Every single one.

Published by pytallman

Wife, mother, Christ follower.

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