Welcome to the very first Ministry Monday here at Farr Functional Fitness!
If you have been reading our blog for a while or if you follow our Facebook or Pinterest pages you will know that Farr Fitness is a Christian gym ministry. Farr Fitness is run entirely out of our home. We have taken the lower story of our home and dedicated it to Christian ministry. As I said in the Ministry Monday Introduction, the "gym" portion of our ministry is just a means of getting people in the door so that we can love on them the way Christ has loved on us. Yes, we memorize Bible verses. Yes, we pray. Yes, we fellowship together as the body of Christ. Because at the end of the day we want people to see the light of Christ shinning through our lives and actions, the burpees are just a bonus. With that being said, lets jump in to today's Ministry Monday!
When we started our garage gym fitness ministry, we were brand newly married and very young. In fact, Brian was 25 and I was just 24 years old. Brian had had the gym long before we were married, but up until that point it was just friends working out together. It didn't take the form of a real ministry until about six months before we left Fort Hood. We suddenly had an influx of young soldiers looking for information on how to train their bodies and how to live life as godly Christian men.
Brian and I spoke with our mentors, did careful research, and prayed a lot during this time.
God opened doors left and right.
Then we PCSed to North Carolina.
When we got to Fort Bragg our ministry blew up. In the 2.5 years that we have been here we have had over 350 people come through our gym. 350 people have been in our home at least one time. Many have stayed for months. Some have stayed for years.
All of these people have been brought to us by God in one way or another and yet somehow we often have people tell us that we are "doing it wrong". We often have people tell us that we are too young for ministry. More than once we have had people tell us that we are too young to have an in home ministry and that we need to be taking this time to focus on building up our family. I won't lie to you, a couple of times we faltered, thinking that maybe they were right. Maybe we are too young for this, and we should just raise our family until our kids are grown and THEN we can "do ministry".
However, every single time that we have been tempted by this thought God has brought a person or an event in to our lives that reminds us of our purpose. Most recently my friend Carrie quoted 1 Timothy 4:22 when I was struggling with feeling under-qualified to minister to someone older than me. It says, "Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity." This has been on my heart heavily the last few weeks.
If God has called you to do something, do it. Period, end of story. It doesn't matter what the opposition says, it doesn't matter if you don't fit the "normal" standard. (My mother-in-law would tell you that normal is just a setting on the dryer!) Behave in a way that makes others ask how you do it. If God has called you to something HE WILL OPEN DOORS that you simply cannot imagine. If God wants you to be somewhere or do something He will provide a way for you to do it. Your age, race, social standing, education... none of it matters to the creator of the universe.
If God is calling you, yes even the young, go and do what He has asked.