Strong Athletes, Strong Witnesses

Rich Froning was the winner of last year’s Crossfit Games. In a series of physically demanding challenges he proved that by Crossfit’s standards, and most reasonable human standards, he was the fittest man on earth.

But there’s something a little different about Froning. He’s a believer.

A real believer. Not just in a name but in deed. His behavior, attitude, actions and witness have been an inspiration to all who follow him. One of his contemporaries and friends Dan Bailey is also a believer. This year, Dan Bailey has his eye on the prize as the Fittest man on earth, and I think he has a good shot at it. It’s exciting to see two of the top competitors who are such outspoken believers.

In this photo after the first day of events, where both Dan and Rich broke world records, you can see on Rich Froning’s headband the reference to Psalm 18:29-36. Below is that passage:

29 With your help I can advance against a troop[a];
with my God I can scale a wall.
30 As for God, his way is perfect:
The Lord’s word is flawless;
he shields all who take refuge in him.
31 For who is God besides the Lord?
And who is the Rock except our God?
32 It is God who arms me with strength
and keeps my way secure.
33 He makes my feet like the feet of a deer;
he causes me to stand on the heights.
34 He trains my hands for battle;
my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
35 You make your saving help my shield,
and your right hand sustains me;
your help has made me great.
36 You provide a broad path for my feet,
so that my ankles do not give way.

What an incredible passage. I can visualize the warriors of old, relying on the strength God provides. It’s inspring to see modern day athletes who rely on God for strength, and glorify Him for it.

Update: I found this video on the Crossfit Journal:

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