THE SCENE: 60 and calm.
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER: Administered
- Cherry pickers
- Moroccan nightclub
- Seal jacks
- Mosey to the recruitment center
9 stations set out. Each station has an exercise and a “PAR” number of reps. Every 50 seconds, a whistle will sound. Rotate to the next station and perform as many reps as possible. Keep track of your score against the PAR. The timer never stops – the faster you move to the next station and start, the more time you’ll have to get your reps in. Hustle!
Front 9 exercises were:
|CMU Split Squat (Left)||PAR: 15|
|CMU Split Squat (Right)||PAR: 15|
|Farmer Carry Stair Climb (up and down)||PAR: 8|
|Squat Slam||PAR: 10|
|CMU Swing||PAR: 20|
|Tire Flip||PAR: 10|
|Bench press||PAR: 25|
|CMU Curls||PAR: 25|
30 second rest then on to the Back 9
|Single-Arm Thruster (Left)||PAR: 10|
|Single-Arm Thruster (Right)||PAR: 10|
|Stack Squat||PAR: 20|
|Chest Throw (2 space min)||PAR: 10|
|Tire Hit||PAR: 25|
|Weighted step up||PAR: 20|
|Overhead Triceps Extension||PAR: 25|
What was your score?
Quick mosey around the building
Now REPEAT THE WHOLE THING AGAIN (backwards) – beat your score from the first time!
COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
When I was 10 years old, I had my mind blown. It was a Saturday night, and my family was at the historic Fox Theater in St. Louis, MO. We were there to see one of my childhood idols, David Copperfield. We sat about 30 rows back in the theater and watched Copperfield perform this illusion… He parades around the stage to dramatic music…two beautiful assistants hold a sheet in front of him…and when the sheet drops, the dude is gone! A moment later – it couldn’t have been more than 5 seconds – he shows up right behind me, sitting on a Harley Davidson in the middle of the audience. DUDE! Mind blown!
It was on April 8th thirty-eight years ago that David Copperfield performed what has been called the greatest illusion of all time. In front of a live audience on Ellis Island, he made the Statue of Liberty disappear! (Then reappear!) When I watched that illusion on a recording, despite my awesome personal experience with David Copperfield – and despite the awestruck reactions of the live witnesses on Ellis Island, I remember thinking as a boy, “I doubt it. I doubt he actually made the Statue Disappear”.
I started thinking about “doubt” on Sunday. At our breakfast table, I was reading the Easter story to my kids. Mary and Mary find the tomb empty, and an angel instructs them, “tell the disciples to meet Jesus in Galilee”. The disciples go and scripture records the encounter between them and Jesus, “When they saw him, they worshiped, but some doubted” (Mathew 28:17). Doubted? The disciples, who had spent years with Jesus and seen countless miracles, they doubted?
What does Jesus think about those who doubt him? Is he offended? Is he petty? Does he kick doubters off the team and exclude them from his mission? We can read about Jesus imploring his followers not to doubt – but when they inevitably do, what then?
Let’s look at an earlier time when Jesus was in Galilee. In Mathew 11, we read that John the Baptist was in prison. John sends his disciples to confront Jesus and ask him, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?” John the Baptist…Jesus’ cousin…the man who baptized Jesus…who heard the voice of God and saw the Spirit descend from heaven and land on Jesus…he had doubts. You’d think if Jesus was going to be incredulous with anyone for doubting him, it would be John. But how does Jesus react? Immediately after being confronted with John’s doubt, he says “I tell you the truth, of all who have ever lived, none is greater than John the Baptist” (Mathew 11:11). There is no hint of pettiness. There is no condemnation for skepticism. Quite the opposite, Jesus expresses his adoration for John after being publicly doubted by him.
Reverend Henry Drummond said, “Christ never failed to distinguish between doubt and unbelief. Doubt is can’t believe. Unbelief is won’t believe. Doubt is honesty. Unbelief is obstinacy. Doubt is looking for light. Unbelief is content with darkness.” Doubt is looking for light… Healthy doubt can be a catalyst to the growth of your faith. It has been called “the incentive to truth” and the “twin brother of faith” (hat tips Hosea Ballou and Kahlil Gibran). It can be a motive to explore your faith and to quarry for truth when you are unsatisfied with superficial answers. The foundations and truths of our faith WILL hold up to my doubts and your doubts. Healthy doubt can ultimately lead you to a stronger and deeper faith.
“Sometimes doubting is not a lack of faith, but an expression of it. Sometimes to doubt is to merely insist that God be taken seriously not frivolously, to insist that our faith is placed in and upheld by something other than seeming conjuring tricks.” – Mark Buchanan (Jinxy?! 😊)
Back to the doubting disciples – what happens to them? As they are doubting him, Jesus assigns them the Great Commission, “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations…” and promises them, “I am with you always, to the end of the age”. No condemnation. You’re still part of the team. You’re still part of God’s plan.
Thank you, God, for not condemning us because our doubt. Help us use that doubt as a springboard to explore the depths of your heart. Increase our faith!
Prayers for Snagg, Biohack, and Colonel.
Good to have Wanderer and Miss Fire out for some heavy PT!
5:30 am is too early for all that mental math!