In addition to the fitness stations, there are stations where the SMX athletes read scripture and pray. The idea of building physical strength and spiritual strength at the same time is a powerful lesson for Christian youth today.
Carey is one of the most amazing youth I have ever known. She spent this summer in Brazil ministering in the favellas of Rio!
Last year, I was under a great deal of stress and took it out on my body in the most unhealthy of ways. I became extremely insecure about my weight, mistreating the body with which God had blessed me. It was then that I became involved with SMX. Things turned around completely. The combination of prayer, scripture, and exercise made me realize, for the first time in my life, how blessed I am to have a healthy body. SMX has taught me to love the body God granted me, and to mistreat such a spectacular gift is to abuse God's graciousness. I thank Jason Rhymer and SMX for teaching me the importance of physical, spiritual, and social fitness!