What’s insane? Missionaries. For the past month some of the male missionaries at Covecrest have been getting up early and working out with a program called Insanity. Now, when I say early I mean 5 in the morning. For a guy straight from the west coast who was used to getting home at that time, that in itself was insane. 5 in the morning everyday hearing Shaun T talk about digging deeper and not quitting. I’d be in that room working my butt off with a few other guys jumping and running around doing push-ups and other exhausting repetitive exercises.
Why would we do this? Why work out? It’s nice to look good but we do it to be fit, to be the best that we can be. From Insanity I’ve learned more than just how to keep fit in the early mornings but also learned about my faith. Like I said we’re insane right? Hear me out though; just like our physical bodies need exercise our spiritual bodies need exercise too. As a college football player I realize the importance of this. I realize it even more now from a spiritual sense. We get this workout through prayer, the harder we pray and the more often we do it the stronger that faith muscle gets.
One of the tough things about working out and praying too is that it can be tough to start on your own. Like with Insanity, we started with 8 or so guys. The more people we had the easier it was to go through it. You would be motivated by seeing others work through the pain to get to that end result. It would get considerably more difficult to finish with less people or even by yourself. The same goes for prayer. It’s a whole lot easier in a group and a community centered on prayer. Things like holy hour in silence are easier when there are others around growing with you. Through this spiritual workout motivating others to pray hard, we get stronger in faith.
What’s the result of a good spiritual work out through prayer? The Holy Spirit; God gives us this power through faith. Instead of taking on sin and the Devil on your own you now have Jesus in your corner with an undefeated record. Many people before us have been able to use this power of God. Who are they? The Saints; we can look to them as examples of steadfast faith in the hopes of growing to be just like them.