With Easter coming soon I have a compelling question. What do you think of when you think of the cross? Is it an ornament that looks good, a symbol of faith, or maybe an example of wrong doing? Or possibly the death of our sins, or even an excruciating example of how much God loves us?
To me it is all of the above and more. I wear a cross around my neck, have a cross tattooed on my right arm (designed by my oldest and youngest sons), and if you haven't noticed there is a cross in our name - Across The Bridge. Every day even before I open my Bible the cross is everywhere around me, and it is everything to me. To think that a price so large was paid for my soul is overwhelming and transforming.
That is why I like the phrase Cross Training. You see it in athletics and in the gym, but how about every day life? Check this out:
Take Up + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + Shape Up
Rise Up from the ashes of our broken life, Take Up our crosses daily to lay our strengths aside (and our ego) to follow Him, Shape Up in the way we act toward others and in our moral compass, and to Look Up every day for the guidance of his Holy Spirit to direct our pathway in life.
That's my Cross Training, though a little bit of that physical training is also so good for so many reasons. However, without the emphasis on our spiritual needs we are just getting another temporary fix.
I've had too many of those, I'll just keep looking at that cross for permanent solutions!
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.