Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Coming In Last

Coming in last.

I hate it.
Really hate it.

Maybe you do, too?

Have you ever thought about why you hate it?
I have and I’ve boiled it down to a simple statement.

I’m afraid.


It’s safer to say that we hate to come in last. It doesn’t sound quite as pitiful as admitting that we’re all grown up and we’re still shaking in our boots.

Afraid we will fail. 
Afraid people will think less of us. 
Afraid we’ll make an idiot out of ourselves. 
Afraid we’ll blow it so badly that others will be able to see our weakness.

For the past year, I’ve faced this fear every single time I walk into Five Forks CrossFit

For the first three months, I was so nervous that my stomach would do somersaults from the time I woke up until the WOD was over. In my mind, I had no business joining a CrossFit. I was out of shape, overweight, and not in possession of any particular athletic prowess. 

Truth be told, in the first few weeks, there were multiple events that tempted me to turn tail and run.
  • My first week, I fell off a box and messed up my wrist. I came in last.
  • For the first month, if the WOD (workout of the day) included burpees, my coach automatically cut the number in half for me. I still came in last.
  • As new people joined our box, I watched as they went from not having a clue to killing the WODs. All while I continued to come in last.
  • Particularly frustrating were the women, the pregnant and/or brand new moms with 6-week-old babies at home, who lifted more, ran faster, jumped higher, and finished way before me. The girl who finishes last.

Guess what? It’s been a year and I'M STILL COMING IN LAST! Not every time, but a lot of the time. 

But guess what else?

I’ve lost almost 30 pounds. I’ve gone from a Size 16 to a Size 10 and on my last shopping trip, I bought a pair of Size 8 jeans and two different shirts that must have been sized wrong because the Mediums were huge on me and I had to buy a Small.

I’m not telling you this because I think you should join a CrossFit.

I’m telling you this because I think you need to do the thing that scares you.

Even if you know you’re going to come in last.

Even if you know you’re going to mess up.

Even if you know everyone else is going to be able to tell you don't know what you’re doing and they’ll be able to see how bad you are at it.

You need to write that book.
You need to teach that Bible study.
You need to coach that team.
You need to invite those neighbors over for dinner.

You need to do the thing that scares you.

Even if you wind up coming in last.

You may not be famous. You may not have a million blog followers. You may not win awards. 

But you will not be the same.

I’m convinced that God isn’t looking for people to be the “next big thing.” He’s looking for people who will do the one thing He’s leading them to do. Even—especially—if they’re scared.

Not because He wants them to be afraid, but because He will be with them every step of the way.

Even—especially—when they come in last.

Deuteronomy 31:6 ~ Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you. (ESV)


Cathy Baker said...

Yep! This post will be printed and nailed to my inspiration board. Simply inspiring.

Lynn Huggins Blackburn said...

Thanks, Cathy! I probably need to print it, too! It's so easy to forget that He's got us and He's already gone before us. Love you!

Vonda Skelton said...

I love this, Lynn! Wow! I'm impressed. So proud of you. And yes, I needed to hear this. Thank you!

Lynn Huggins Blackburn said...

Thanks, Vonda! I'm blessed to have found a community of people who are truly supportive!

Cyn Rogalski said...

Wow! What an inspirational post--and one I really needed to hear. Thank you! And congratulations!

Life Is Not A Formula said...

Just what i needed today! even the CrossFit part, I thought about it and haven't done it yet because of fear of looking stupid. your encouragement shows me that it's better to come in last than to never try at all.I won't get results sitting on the sidelines. Thank you!!

Lynn Huggins Blackburn said...

HI Mary - I'm so glad this encouraged you! Thanks for stopping by!