“Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people” (Colossians 3.23 NLT).
Weight is very important in MMA fighting. Competitors can be diverse in size and height, but they must be proportionate in weight. There is a fine science to cutting weight, and it is definitely not for the faint of heart. When I was told that I would have to get down to 126lbs, I was worried. I’m 5’ 7” with an athletic build, and I haven’t weighed 126lbs since junior high. In the past, I’ve fasted—drinking only water—for 10 days, and I only got down to 128lbs and that was with no food in my body and no extra muscle mass from working-out. I prayed to God about my concerns, but I felt Him telling me to press on. The final week leading up to my fight, I did everything I could humanly do to lose weight. I continued working out twice a day and drastically cut my calories. Then, the day before my fight I cut weight in the sauna – sitting for 60 minutes (6 increments of 10 minutes) in the dry heat. Even after all that, I was still over! That evening I went to my weigh-in. It is a huge embarrassment to the fighters and the trainers if they don’t make weight. I got on the scale and held my breath; I weighed 126lbs and some ounces. It was a miracle! That’s one thing I’ve learned about miracles — many times we have to do everything in the natural for God to do His supernatural. We have to give God our best, so He will give us the rest.
God, I want a life that is marked by miracles, but I know that I have to be all in. I understand that doing my best will not be easy and many times I will want to quit, but I trust that You will shape my circumstances and add Your supernatural touches when I’m at the end of my strength, talent and resources. I pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen.