To The Committed Ones

This life is short and it moves fast. You blink and the day is over. Same for the week and the year. At the end of the day you will have a legacy, what will yours be? If I am going to be dead before I know it then why not just pack it in and wait. Surely I would be more comfortable. Less stress. Lower expectations. Do just enough to be on the healthy side of skinny fat. Be just ok enough not to be a terrible example to kids or friends. Maybe base my life's value on Facebook critiques....


This might be moving sideways but it has been on my mind. Welbourn talks about cracking the bone and sucking the marrow out of life. And boy have I been in a funk. At times it seems like I have not seized the day in ages. And this is a problem because crushing life is when I am on fire. Short of this, especially for a prolonged period of time, and things are quite bleak. Doggy paddling just to stay above mediocre is no way to live. No money, no gains, no progress, no hope.


I say all of this to point out that the seasons of life seemingly bury all of us at times. But even in the bleakest, most irrational moments, there is a light in my world. The men and women who show up here every day to workout, to forge relationships, and to impact the world around them. So this is to those of you who roll through daily. My world would be much much darker without you and because of you this endeavor will have a great impact on this world. What you see happen in the coming year will only be possible because you remind me of why we are here. Thank you.


To the committed ones…


The ones who show up when it’s not convenient. 


The ones who can be counted on by other members to be in class. 


The ones who put the effort in even when those around them do not. 


You inspire me with your dedication to improving your life. 


Your will power is on exhibit day in and day out as you arrive and put in the time. Your life is no easier than others. Setbacks befall you as often as the next guy or gal, but you’re still here. You’re still working. 


Your discipline is not found or birthed here but it is certainly developed and sharpened. You had the discipline before you walked in because it is what has carried you through these doors on the days ofdaunting workouts or on thedays you wanted to be doing anything but this. 


Your presence among others stands as a light in this dark, mediocre world and if you wonder if you’ve contributed anything to this world then know this: its people like you that keep me going.


Your knack for the hard road, often traversing the obstacles of life with a smile or at least a smirk, truly represents the hope for the world around us. It is those like you who will change this world. You are the one who will do great things. And you will certainly achieve whatever goals you set for yourself. 


Thank you for your commitment and your involvement. 


Thank you for not accepting mediocre returns on mediocre effort in life. 


Thank you for overshadowing those who have been given much but do very little. 


Thank you for being a part of my journey.