Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Challenge

Posted: February 18, 2009 in Culture, Faith, Family, Inspirational, Life, Ministry, People, Spirituality, Sports, The Bible
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My wife is awesome.

I have subscribed to Sports Illustrated for years. As a subscriber to Sports Illustrated, the annual Swimsuit Edition (first published in 1964) gets sent to my house every February.

Here’s the cool part…

I have not seen one picture or one article from the Swimsuit Edition in years. Every year my incredible wife gets that particular issue, rolls her eyes at the super models who are not wearing their swimsuits, and immediately throws the issue in the garbage. 

I love that she does this for me. The raw, honest truth is that I probably do not have the strength to do it myself. Granted, I might throw it away but not without first taking a peak. (I care here you thinking “but you’re a minister!” Yeah, you are right, I am a honest and real minister.) I cherish the fact that my wife cares about my purity enough to help me succeed. She gets it. She makes me a better person. She makes me a better follower of Jesus. 

Some people might think “who cares?” or “what’s the big deal?”

Here the truth…

I know I am not missing anything. My eyes have better things to look at. I have better thoughts to think about. I got a hottie that I am madly in love with and who loves me back. Who needs the Swimsuit Edition? I know I don’t.


Here’s the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Challenge…

Follow my wife’s lead. If you get the Swimsuit Edition, throw it away. If your husband/son/brother/friend gets the Swimsuit Edition, take the initiative and throw it away for him (like me, he probably doesn’t have the strength to do it himself). 

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.” – Jesus in Matthew 5:27-29 (NIV)

  1. Ashley says:

    That is some really refreshing honesty. It is good for wives/moms/sisters to hear, too…because we are not all as perceptive as Heather.

  2. Heather says:

    I am trying really hard to restrain myself right now from getting on my soapbox about a swim suit magazine when the ladies are missing all or some of their swim suits. I’ll leave it alone, but can I at least say “AN iPOD IS NOT A SWIMSUIT!”

    Instead, I will say thank you to my sweet husband for the kind words. Thank you, Brian, for caring enough about our marriage and your holiness to aprreciate that I take it upon myself to throw that away and not give you the choice. Thanks for challenging others. I pray this will make a difference for the Kingdom.

  3. briancromer says:

    I will say that an iPod for a bathing suit doesn’t make much sense. If you wear it into the water conserving whatever “dignity” you have left, your iPod gets ruined by the water and stops working. If you save the iPod, you are buck naked.

    Here’s a better idea: rock a tankini and save your iPod ladies!

  4. Jan Cromer says:


  5. briancromer says:

    Mom, I think you do but I think I am biased.

  6. Christine Liu says:

    hehe, bro & sis and mom~~ what a GREAT family!!! Yall are awesome!!!

  7. Luke says:

    Does the Iphone have a swimsuit application that I don’t know about?

    Being an ESPN the Mag guy, I can’t participate. But my internet filter hasn’t let me look at for a few weeks now- I will be glad when the swimsuit season is over for that reason.

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