The Mud Movement made a lot of new friends last weekend at Conquer the Gauntlet in Houston. Then, to our surprise, we received this great letter of encouragement from Coy Cromeens. Coy is using OCR to teach young men some lessons that they can apply on the field and in life.
(Shared with permission)
Hey John, hope all is well? I was browsing through some OCR videos on YouTube when I came across one of your videos. I was like, “That’s the guy who interviewed us the other day at Conquer The Gauntlet.” I don’t know if you remember us, but we were the 12U select baseball team called the Texas Wreck that was wearing the #wreckthegauntlet shirts. I wanted to take the time to thank you for what you are doing.
Looking on your website, I was really impressed that Faith was your first function. I have much respect for men like yourself who will not hesitate to acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord. I just wanted to write and to encourage you to continue what you are doing. Understanding that when you start doing something for the Glory of God, that’s when the enemy will attack. Wanted to let you know that I will be praying for you and that you have my support on anything that you need. Keep up the great work! Oh yea, I also subscribed to your YouTube page.
Leaving you with this, I Corinthians 9:24 says “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.” So continue to do your best and do it for the Glory of God.
Your loving brother in Christ,
“To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.”
Thank you so much for your kind words! You have no idea how much they mean to us. I absolutely remember your team. You will have a prominent place in our video. I hope to have it out by end of day tomorrow, but it may be Wednesday.
I want to commend you on going above-and-beyond with those boys. I’ve got two of my own, and I’m trying to instill in them the same “do hard things, do your best, don’t give up, get back up,” principles of Conquer the Gauntlet and other OCR races. My prayer for my boys and your team is that they grow into men of character. May they all someday know the Lord, and know that real strength isn’t just holding heavy things but holding onto a marriage when it’s falling apart; that getting up five walls in a row is like getting up for work five days a week; that holding on to the rig or monkey bars when it’s easier to just let go is like holding on to their integrity/values while peers pressure them to make poor decisions. Clearly, it’s MORE THAN MUD (it’s a movement). I’m glad these young men have you as a role model to teach these invaluable lessons!
Full disclosure, my intertwining of faith and OCR is completely selfish. I love the OCR community so much that I desperately want to spend eternity with them in the presence of my Father and best Friend (His son). I’m so glad to know you’ll be there too!
Right now, we’re trying to build an audience. Once we have a few more videos under our belts, we hope to crank up the ministry aspect a little more. That’s when I anticipate, as you rightfully put it, “the enemy will attack”(John 10:10). So, your prayers are certainly welcomed and encouraged.
Something to look forward to in April is an article (and eventually a video) with Matt Campione. I don’t know if you’re familiar with Matt, but he is on the CTG Pro Team as well as the winning team of last year’s NBC Spartan Ultimate Team Challenge. His is a “prodigal son” story that involves heavy drug use. Today, however, Matt’s faith and his family are his top priorities. At the same time, God has blessed Matt with much success in this fun little pastime.
I hope we cross paths at future races. Until then, let us both “press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called us heavenward in Christ Jesus.”(Philippians 3:14)