Beef, Rice & Jesus Christ

I am excited to share some exciting news with our CrossFit family! Tim Harris, famous for his diet of almost exclusively beef and rice, has been a member of CrossFit Lubbock since we opened in the Spring of 2015. This year, he was hired on as one of our personal coaches and does a wonderful job serving our members, for which we are extremely grateful.

Well, very recently Tim had a life change and became a believer in Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. He is making that public this Sunday through baptism and you are invited! Now this may not be your thing or may even offend you, but I encourage you to read ahead for Tim's personal testimony. 

The baptism will be held Sunday (5/14) at 8:30 am at Redeemer Church. We will have a group sitting on the left side of the auditorium when you walk in.


Tim's testimony:

Hey everyone! First, I would like to thank so many of you for so much love and support through CFLBK. This place means the world to me. 

Those of you who have known me for a while are aware that for most of my adult life I have been a hard-line atheist. My contempt for religion was strong and I had no qualms stating so publicly. I was so smug in what I thought to be the truth and looked down on anyone who thought differently. 

About two years into my career as a mailman I met a homeless man in a convenience store. The first time we spoke he yelled across to me asking if I believed in God. To which I simply replied, "No." He told me since I was out walking every day to talk to him. I kind of rolled my eyes and thought, "Whatever, crazy homeless man." For two years, every time he saw me, he asked about my walk with God. I always replied, "Nope, not yet." 

One morning, a week after the end of a very toxic relationship, I was having a really tough time. I went to grab breakfast from the store and there was my homeless friend, holding the door open for people and being his crazy self. When he saw me he remarked at how he could tell I was closer, something had changed. I played along, "Sure, yeah, I'm closer." After grabbing food and caffeine, he walked with me to my car. He spoke of the narrow path to righteousness, how we can't walk alone, how God has to carry us. He said, "We need you." I was taken aback. This man has nothing and had never asked me for anything. He was always concerned for my heart and he said I was needed. I was speechless. 

Two weeks later I told my story to a friend. She urged me to reconsider. I reluctantly made the excuse that I've tried so many times. For friends, family, even myself. She said, "No, you have to do it for God." Why had I never heard that? It made so much sense. All the reasons for my anger with God had to do with people and not Him. 

The next morning I reached out to a good friend via text (another member of CrossFit Lubbock). Someone I trusted and respected for how he handled himself as a Christian. The moments while reading his reply I felt my heart truly change. He had been praying for me. For weeks he said. I'll never forget the flood of emotions. Wiping my tears as I tried to continue to work. 

There is no doubt in my mind that God worked through these wonderful, loving people to soften one of the hardest of hearts. I am so undeserving of God's grace. Yet, He gave it to me through the right people in His perfect timing so that I would have no doubts. My life now is His. I want nothing more than to live a life that is pleasing to my Heavenly Father. In love and obedience I have decided to be baptized this Mother's Day weekend. I hope to see you there.

See y'all Sunday,
Steven Willis