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IPC Week 2 + Tyranny Over the Mind of Man

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Workout Date: 13 Sep 2019
QIC: Kick-Flip

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IronPax Challenge Week 2
Two waves of HIMs – one starting at 0500 – another at 0530

4 Rounds for Time (Elapsed time scoring):

Round 1:

  • 10 CMU Manmakers
  • 20 CMU Overhead Presses
  • 30 CMU KB Swings
  • 40 CMU Goblet Squats
  • 50 Incline Block Merkins
  • 1600 meter run

Round 2:

  • 10 CMU Manmakers
  • 20 CMU Overhead Presses
  • 30 CMU KB Swings
  • 40 CMU Goblet Squats
  • 50 Incline Block Merkins
  • 1200 meter run

Round 3:

  • 10 CMU Manmakers
  • 20 CMU Overhead Presses
  • 30 CMU KB Swings
  • 40 CMU Goblet Squats
  • 50 Incline Block Merkins
  • 800 meter run

Round 4:

  • 10 CMU Manmakers
  • 20 CMU Overhead Presses
  • 30 CMU KB Swings
  • 40 CMU Goblet Squats
  • 50 Incline Block Merkins
  • 400 meter run

MARY:

This and that while the six comes in.

COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA

21 HIMs

CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
Last week, I took the family to Washington D.C.  For the first time in my life, I visited the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, just south of the National Mall.  It honors a true HIM among HIMs.

Inscribed in the rotunda are these words, “I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man”.  He wrote these words specifically about religious freedom – that no one should be forced into a belief in an ideology.  But since reading them, I’ve replayed them over and over in my mind, “eternal hostility against EVERY form of tyranny over the mind of man

Oppression – domination – subjugation…  Ask yourself this – “Is there tyranny over your mind?”.  What holds you back from your potential as a man?  What limits your effectiveness as a father? What restricts the love you give as a husband?  What keeps you distant from your creator?  What stops you from being a great friend?

Maybe you bend the knee for our preferred tyrant in the 21st century, Busyness, and are ruled by your calendar and commitments.

Perhaps you devotedly serve a tyrant with a 5-inch screen (your smartphone) – to be endlessly entertained instead of engaging with a world that desperately needs your presence.

Maybe your tyranny is Self-Sufficiency – which is a source of your pride, but also the cause of your isolation and loneliness.

Or maybe you’re ruled by Idleness – rather than reading a book about growth as a father or husband, you’d prefer to Netflix and chill every night of the week.

Or maybe you have no idea what authentic lovemaking looks like, because you have greedily lapped up the lies of a tyrant named Pornography.

Or, perhaps you are like me – haunted by all of these and many more, and often ruled by a heartless tyrant named Selfishness.

That thing which keeps you from investing in relationships…from studying…from praying…from improving day-by-day…from becoming the best version of yourself – that is the tyranny of your mind.  It has dominion over your life.  Regardless of how good it may feel to serve that tyrant, IT IS YOUR ENEMY.

I challenge you to follow Jefferson’s example – pledge eternal hostility against that tyrant which you have served.  Resent and cast off that oppressor which has ruled you and held back your potential.  Refuse to let it govern your life and legacy.

Fighting your enemy will be hard.  You will at war with yourself.  But there’s good news – many men have gone before you and they have provided resources for you.  Study up on strategies to defeat your enemy (read a book about your struggle), form alliances with others who are fighting the same fight, and you can seek wisdom from those who have found success before you.

Romans 8:5-6, “For those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit have their minds set on the things of the Spirit.  Now the mind-set of the flesh is death, but the mind-set of the Spirit is life and peace.”

MOLESKIN:

Follow-up challenge.  One of the best strategies to combat a tyrant of the mind is to form alliances with like-minded men.  You and I need accountability in order to overcome our entrenched adversaries.  After you unmask that thing which has been holding back your potential (your tyrant) – do something courageous and post about it in JUCO GroupMe.  Answer these two questions:  What is the thing that has oppressed your mind and limited your potential as a man? – AND – What step(s) are you taking to overcome it?  Form alliances with others who are in the same fight – pray for, encourage, and provide accountability for the men around you.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Submit your scores on https://f3greenwood.com/ironpax-form/

TTP tomorrow
2.0 Workout in two Sundays

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