Endurance for Life

Chris Gogolewski —  March 14, 2013

Endurance for LifeRemember the days of playing in the sand at beaches and water fronts?  Do you also remember when the waves came and washed it all away; oh the frustration!  What about playing with building blocks, only to watch them topple over when our tower was too high? Sure sometimes we knocked them down just for fun, but when we wanted our tower to last, oh the agony!  I remember playing with my son, building an awesome fort for the two of us; hanging blankets over chairs, leaning couch cushions against sides of the fort walls and even trying to fashion a window for watching TV.  Then just when it was ready for the first entry, BAM, everything came crashing down in a heap of blankets and cushions.

Endurance for LifeIn hind sight, after all of the crashing and rebuilding, I made things a bit more sturdy and hopefully harder to destroy.  Our lives can be paralleled to the very same things.  If we try to establish our lives upon shabby ideas, loose relationships or shady agreements naturally and almost for certain they will come crumbling down in some way.

Matthew 7:26-27
“But if you just use my words in Bible studies and don’t work them into your life, you are like a stupid carpenter who built his house on the sandy beach. When a storm rolled in and the waves came up, it collapsed like a house of cards.”

One of the benefits of being part of Team Uppercut is building a foundation of health.  It is our hope that this foundation will provide us with a better an longer life.  To take a quote from our About page.

“The physical is directly related to the spiritual.  A great physique is useless with a weak spirit.  So we train our spirits to honor God and live as spiritual leaders to our families, friends and community.”

tough mudder training tipsHaving a strong physical foundation is very important in this life, but what about after this life is done?  What’s your eternal foundation like?  One thing I love about God is how he connect our physical world to his spiritual world.  Everything we do in life matters.  The choices you make today will effect you eternal life.  Our choice to have faith in Jesus as the Son of God and the Savior of the world will determine where we spend eternity.  He is our strong foundation for this life and our eternal life.   No matter what life challenges I face I plan on throwing life a knock punch.  My punching power comes from my relationship with Jesus.

Chris Gogolewski

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Born in TX, but grew up in WI, Chris is a faithful Packer fan even while living in MN. Chris teaches at Sumner and has for 15 yrs. He has two kids and loves to spend time taking them on camping trips in summer or snowmobiling if there is snow.

4 responses to Endurance for Life

  1. Excellent word on building strong foundations Chris! We all need reminders now and then to not only build good foundations but also to ward off erosion. Erosion of our spirit is one of the chief causes of heartache within the christian community today.
    As we approach St. Patrick’s Day this coming weekend I’m reminded of a card I made years ago and sent to my Irish father-in-law. It said: On Christ the solid Rock I stand…………all other “rocks” are “Sham-rocks”!

  2. Awesome article! I know that sometimes when I try build my life on my abilities and it seems just to “wash away” or “fall down”. When I take time each morning to focus on Jesus things just seem to work. I am looking forward to the warmer weather so that we can all get outside and RUN!

  3. This is the first time I’VE visited this site. I was just getting my feet wet last year as a 34 year old beginner runner but have built my confidence and my faith in Christ and am now very invested in this and want to “build” my foundation. Good group of men here and I would love to be a bigger part of Team Uppercut. Great news and article gentlemen.

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