WARM-UP: Dumb waste of time. Let’s mosey on over to start of Brick City parking lot.
THE THANG: Pax divided into 2 groups.
Group 1: Men ran length of parking lot and back dragging tire. When back, drop tire and run to end and back carrying sandbag. Repeat tire drag / sandbag run continuously for 15 minutes
Group 2: Partner up. One person does burpees while other person does the exercises listed below (i.e. sandbag sit-ups) in sets of 25, rotating back and forth until number (100 or 200) hit.
Partner Exercises Reps
sandbag sit-ups / burpees 100
mountain climbers / burpees 200
2 block jump / burpees 100
(jump back and forth over blocks stacked 2 blocks high)
block merkins / burpees 200
(2 blocks spread out, hand on each block)
shoulder press / burpees 200
-Time called after 15 minutes. Rotate groups.
50-yard sprint x2
“Traffic Circle Sprint”: From the end of Brick City parking lot closest to The Clinic, sprint down road to first grass island running clockwise around it, then on to second island, around it clockwise, DONE!
I shared two stories and tried to tie them together at the end.
The first story involved a video my father-in-law texted to me. I don’t know if what was said to have happened in the video really happened, but I certainly think things like that can and do happen.
A man had recently been praying that God would talk to him. As he got in his car one night after a long and stressful day at work, he prayed for God to talk to him. As he began to drive home, he felt like something was telling to go a different way than his normal route, so he told himself, “Why the heck not” and proceeded to take a different route. As he was driving, he felt like something was telling him to take a left, a right, etc., so he did. As he drove past a grocery store, he felt like a voice was telling him to go inside and buy a gallon of milk. He knew this was very strange, but said to himself, “Alright, if this isn’t God, at least I have a gallon of milk. No harm caused.”
Once back in the car, he continued driving where he felt like he was lead. Eventually, he was lead to pullover and then felt as if the voice told him to take the gallon of milk to the house in front of him. He hesitated as this seemed crazy, was not in the best part of town, and all the lights were off. With reluctance, he proceeded on to the house porch and knocked on the door. The door opened. Standing there at the door was a large not so friendly looking man wondering why this stranger was standing on his porch in the middle of the night. The stranger said, “I brought you some milk.” Without saying a word, the man disappeared from the door and walked back through the house returning minutes later with his wife. In tears, he told the stranger it had been a difficult month and they were completely out of money. “My wife and I had just been in the kitchen praying to God to help us find a way to get milk for our baby.” The stranger handed them the milk and all the cash he had in his wallet.
The second story involved a doctor and a patient who had come to see him. The patient was wound up about as tight as you can get. When the doctor asked him what was wrong and why he had come to see him, the patient said, “I have about 50 reasons” and then proceeded to pull out a list and begin rattling them off…. “1) My 13-year-old son says when he grows up he’s going to join the military and go to war. 2) The stock market is way down. 3) My taxes and insurance keep going up. My blood pressure is probably high and I’m sure is going to kill me dead.” After several of these, the doctor cuts him off and says, “You are worrying about things you can’t control. Your son is only 13 and doesn’t even know yet who he is taking to the middle school dance. The stock market goes up and down, but always goes up in the long run. Taxes always go up. Same thing with insurance. The good news is all your bloodwork came back fine and your blood pressure is good. More good news is that I can make you lose 50 pounds today.” The curious patient asked the doc how he could help him lose 50 pounds that day. The doctor walked over, took the list out of the patient’s hand, ripped it up, and threw it in the trash.
God is in control. It is normal to worry, but rely on your faith knowing God will provide. Everything will work out. The family with no milk for their baby asked for milk, prayed about it, and it was given. Personally, I never thought I would not be able to work and still provide for my family. Well, I can. I am. That was not because of good luck or circumstance. God knows what we need and provides.
Thinking back to some conversations I had with you prior to Christmas, many were saying they didn’t know what they were getting their children, because they pretty much already had everything. I was in the same boat. Intentional or not, we kind of spoil our kids. We do that because we love them and want them to want not. Unintentionally, it probably makes them ungrateful. In a somewhat similar way, we are all to some degree ungrateful to God. As Winkles simply explained during his Tuesday devo, God gave us our life. He allows us to enjoy all that we have and all that we love. Should that in and of itself not be proof of the great love God has for us all? Well said Winkles! We have a great and wonderful God who knows and provides what we need.
respectfully submitted by Bowtie