I am not very athletic nor have I ever been. However, there is one exercise which I have excelled-knuckle push ups. Unlike traditional push-ups, a knuckle push up is done with both hands closed in a fist, supporting one’s weight on the knuckles. Although this may seem painful and difficult, it is actually ergonomically better for the wrists and hardens the knuckles. I began doing this style of push-ups when I trained in karate and have incorporated it as part of my daily exercise routine.
Every year, I purchase the annual edition of the Guiness Book of World Records. Recording every conceivable and incredulous records such as the most clothespins attached on a face or the farthest distance that a watermelon seed can be spit, the book is trove of fascinating trivia. As I perused the book, I spied a familiar activity. I was surprised to discover that the record for most knuckle push ups done in a minute was 86. 86! I had never pushed myself to the limit, nor had I ever timed myself but surely, I thought, I could do 86 in a minute?
Undaunted, I whipped out my phone and set the countdown function for one minute. I began the timer and silently counted to myself. 90! I did 90 knuckle push-ups in one minute! Call the Guiness Book of Records! But as I reflected upon my seeming accomplishment, doubt trickled in. It couldn’t be that easy? Sure enough, a quick search through the internet found several unsanctioned record holders, recording and posting their attempts on various social media sites. Yep. Someone had even done 120! Even Guiness had updated their online site with the current record at 115!
Records, as the adage proclaims, are meant to be broken. While I could certainly formally train to break this record, I questioned my motives. I only wanted to gain bragging rights, nothing more. Instead of striving after the wind for a record that would soon be broken, why not compete for a prize that is truly worthwhile?
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.
1 Corinthians 9:24 (ESV)
The Apostle Paul encouraged all believers to be diligent in the study of God’s Word, to be devoted in prayer, and to be sensitive to the spiritual, emotional, and physical needs of everyone we meet.
I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings.
1 Corinthians 9:23 (ESV)
Paul was single minded in his desire to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. His prize would be everlasting-eternal salvation for all who confess and repent of their sins and accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
My achievements and the record for knuckle push ups will soon fall…again. Thanks be to God that His achievements are eternal!
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.