And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me." Luke 9:23
Are you into cross training?
Many runners I know are into cross-training. Cross-training for them involves doing other sports like swimming and Pilates to help take stress off their musculoskeletal system and avoid injury. It balances their fitness regimen. They tell me it makes them better runners.
I'm into cross training of a different sort. It makes me a better runner, too.
The cross training I refer to involves hitting my knees beside the bed first thing each morning. Then I pray and ask God to help me lay down my life and my own selfish desires, take up my cross, and follow Him wherever He leads for the day. After that, I go into the closet, pray, and read His Word. He speaks to my heart, preparing me for the day, if I will listen.
I pray we all listen.
God's Word tells us that we are in a race, so cross training is crucial.
1 Corinthians 9:27 says, "Like an athlete I punish my body, treating it roughly, training it to do what it should, not what it wants to. Otherwise I fear that after enlisting others for the race, I myself might be declared unfit and ordered to stand aside."
While cross-training is good, cross ♰ training is even better.
“Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.” 1 Timothy 4:8
Won't you join me?
I know the very best trainer.