So this last week strongman Eddie Hall completed a one rep of deadlift of 1102.31 lbs. and then as soon as he put the weight down collapsed. In fact if you want to watch the video of him completing this life just click here and watch. This is a guy that all he does is train and train and train for this event and when he completed the lift it totally drained him. Why is that so many of us think that we can work harder and harder with out thinking we will fall?
So here are a few things that we each should think about when it comes to avoiding the big let down after the big lift:
- Make sure you know your own ability. To many people think that they can handle more and more when it comes to their lives. But ultimately it is really way more then they can handle and because it is more than they can handle they collapse under the weight. They collapse in their marriage, with their finances, with their friends, and maybe they collapse physically.
- Make sure that you take time to rest. After Eddie made this lift he ended up having nosebleeds and passed out. His body let him know that it was time to rest. Some people are being told by their bodies through stress, anxiety, chest pains, and other symptoms that it is time to rest. So what do you do to rest? I like to ride my motorcycle because you can’t answer emails, you can’t except phone calls, and you just go. I take naps on Sunday afternoons, after a long Sunday morning.
- Make sure you take time to recover. This is different then rest. Rest should be something that you do on a regular basis, when it comes to recovery this should be through out the year. Here I will put it this way, VACATION. That’s right you need to take a vacation that is all about recovery, do nothing, lounge away, without any schedule. If you don’t take the recovery time through out your life the rest will just help you limp along and not function at your best.
These are just three simple things that if you are wanting to be able to life the big weight in life to do. One of the other things that I know is helpful when it comes to maintaining the ability to lift big and well in life is being a part of a church community. There you will find other people that can become your lifting partner in life. You can’t lift big weight all by yourself it will just crush you eventually. For more information about Elevation just click here.
So for the leaders of church teams there are a couple of things we should always keep in mind. Our main goal is to prepare the team to be ready to get in the game. It is the goal of parents, small group leaders, class teachers, and the staff of the church to work together to prepare the team for the game. We are to be the ones that coach with a willing heart for the benefit of the team not for our benefit. So the question that I have is; “What are you doing to prepare your team to do to get in the game?” How are you as the coach ensuring that your team is ready for the game?
Well I am so excited to say that wrestling at the High school where I coach is getting ready to start in the next month. I love the first two weeks of wrestling because you really are able to see who is there for the sport or who is there because someone talked them into it. With all the amazing training techniques that have come with MMA we use them in the first two weeks. We as coaches want to see who is going to really be a fighter a wrestler that is just not going to quit.
I believe that God is looking for those kind of men as well. See what it says in the following verses:
Genesis 32:22-26 (NLT) But during the night Jacob got up and sent his two wives, two concubines, and eleven sons across the Jabbok River.  After they were on the other side, he sent over all his possessions.  This left Jacob all alone in the camp, and a man came and wrestled with him until dawn.  When the man saw that he couldn’t win the match, he struck Jacob’s hip and knocked it out of joint at the socket.  Then the man said, “Let me go, for it is dawn.” But Jacob panted, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.”
There are a couple of things that I think are important when it comes to these verses. First, Jacob was physically prepared to do battle and he was prepared to go at it. Second, that he was able to wrestle all night that he was not afraid to leave it all on the mat. Third, we see that even though he was hurt that he was not going to let go until he got what he was praying for. I believe that these are a few things that God is looking for in men of today. That we would be willing to fight for our faith, fight for our wives, and fight for our families. That we would live a life that is a picture of persistence.
That we would be Anointed Fighters!