I hope and pray all is well with you and your churches! I am so excited to share all that the Lord is doing in and through Overcoming Obstacles. I am now serving full-time with Overcoming Obstacles. While it was hard to step away from serving on staff at our church we know God has led us into this new ministry. We are staying at our church as members and we feel so supported in that decision! I want to thank you all for your prayers and encouraging words as we have made this transition.
I did not receive a call back to be on American Ninja Warrior so, I made an attempt to be a “walk on.” I drove back and forth from my house to Fair Park in Dallas (3 hour round trip) every day from March 6th – to March 25th to hold my place in line. I knew this gave me a 50/50 shot at getting to run the course. I was number 16 in line. They usually run 10-20 walk-ons. I really felt like I had a good chance of getting a run. But as the night came to an end I was the next guy up and they shut down production. They ran 15 people and I was number 16. As you can imagine, I was incredibly disappointed! But at that moment the Lord gave me an overwhelming peace. We know that Scripture says that He gives us a peace that passes our understanding right?! Well, I definitely experienced this in that moment and in the following days. He is so good.
I want to be on American Ninja Warrior as an avenue to share the love and truth of Jesus. I didn’t get to do that on T.V. but I don’t have enough room in this article to tell you all the amazing stories of things God did while I was in the “walk on line” and while I spent time with the other ninjas during the process. It was not in vain. I also know that many lost people were watching me when I was told I would not get to run. I pray that God uses my response and a witness to them as well! It was only by His grace and mercy that I had self-control at that moment!
I am excited to see how God uses this story in the coming months as I share this new part of my story with students. At that moment God also reminded me that if this is the biggest challenge I am facing that I have it pretty darn good! It really put things in perspective for me. People are losing loved ones, starving to death, having financial difficulties, struggling with major relational issues and all I had to face that day was not getting to run an obstacle course. I am truly blessed! I read Philippians 4 the morning before my let down. I am so grateful that God led me to that passage. Here is what it says:
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
Even though I didn’t get to run the course or be on the show this year, this was not in vain! I know God had a reason for me not getting to run and I am content with that. I will press on and I will continue training hard even if I never get back on ANW bc it’s never been about ANW. This is an avenue to connect with people to share the love and truth of Jesus.