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The White Board Lies

on March 19, 2013

In our gym, we have three huge white dry-erase boards hanging up. One has all of the workouts for the week. Another has the workout of the day (WOD) along with a few important dates/announcements. The third is the “results board.” If we do a WOD that is “for time,” everyone writes their time. If we lift a 1 rep max, we write those results. Sometimes we have a WOD where your total reps is your “score,” and we write our score on the board. The whole idea behind this is to motivate us, to push us when we want to slack off at the end, to keep us on track from one round to the next.

However, you have to be careful not to compare because, you see, the white board can lie. The white board does not take into account that someone who is still very new to this type of workout, may have scaled the workout from 5 rounds to 4 and still took longer to finish worked harder and at a higher intensity than the young guy who was a college athlete and still in great shape. It doesn’t take into account that someone’s grandmother just passed away, and she didn’t get any sleep the night before; so, walking into the gym at all is an accomplishment itself. The white board doesn’t tell you that.

So be on guard! If you aren’t careful, the white board can “puff you up” or “knock you down.” You might look at all the results and become a little prideful because you finished faster than someone else, lifted more weight or completed more rounds. Be careful. “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.” Proverbs 16:18 NIV. Remember, the white board doesn’t give the full story. Other times, the results might leave you feeling down on yourself. You had one of the lower “scores” or didn’t do as many rounds as the others. Again, not all of the information is there. Don’t compare yourself with others. It is about doing your personal best! Let the white board motivate you. Use it as a way to push yourself a little harder during the last round or reach a certain weight on your 1 rep max. Make it personal, though, and encourage those around you to do their best, too.

Of course, as with so many things inside the gym this, too, can be applied outside the gym walls. Comparing yourself with others only robs you of joy or creates selfish ambition. Instead “let’s just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren’t.” Romans 12:6 (MSG).

So, go be who God created you to be and do what He created you to do!


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