THE SCENE: Windy, temp about 70 degrees
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER
20 Side Straddle Hops. 10 Pinto Twists. 40 Grady Corns. 10 Windmills. 10 Tempo Squats. Little of This and That.
Mosey to northeast corner of Admin Bldg. From Cone 1 we will run to Cone 2 atend of sidewalk. From Cone 2, bear crawl to the Cone 3 positioned at sidewalk going to steps of admin bldg. At Cone 4, on steps do 40 Shin Lifts and 40 Bench Dips. Then run back on sidewalk to Cone 5 on street. At Cone 5 do 20 Merkins. Then Bernie to Cone 6 by stop sign. At that cone, do 20 Big Boys. Then go back to Cone 1. Rinse and repeat two more times.
Mosey on roadway and through parking lot to CMU pile. Each man takes CMU. Do 25 each of the following exercises but also sprint to end of parking lot and back after each exercise. Here are the exercises:
- Overhead presses
Mosey on grass past dugouts to bottom of Cardiac Hill. We will go up hill stopping at corners and benches to do exercises. Here are the exercises:
- Corner 1: 20 American Hammers (four count)
- Corner 2: 20 Hello Dollies (four count)
- Corner 3: 20 Decline Merkins
- Benches: 20 Bench Dips
Mosey to shady area by northeastern corner of Admin Bldg. We will do 20 Flutter Kicks and 20 Bicycle Kicks.
Mosey to AO.
COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
26 men that included four FNGs: Sparty (Tony Burkhart), Hermes (Mason Burkhart), Orphan Annie (Dylan Berry) and a Flying EH, Couch Potato (Reginald Williams).
CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
Slow to Judge and Quick to Listen
Our current society is very quick to judge. A politician makes a statement and the other party immediately attacks it, often taking the statement completely out of context. Even news stations, which are supposed to give us the truth, are quick to judge. CNN quickly pounces upon anything Trump says. Fox News is sure to badmouth Biden. It is difficult for any public figure to say anything without being judged. Athletes are considered anti-American for taking the knee during the Pledge of Allegiance or racist for saying they will not join others in taking the knee. We ourselves tend to blame the “other side” for the “state of affairs” whether that state be the declining economy, the coronavirus numbers, or good ol traffic on the way to our jobs. We join with friends who are similar in opinion to us so that we can find support and comfort in our criticism of the other side.
The problem is, where does this get us? How do parties resolve anything when they are so sure to attack and so unlikely to listen? We cannot give an inch to reasonable comments from the other side because we feel that, in doing so, we would somehow admit that we are wrong. Well, maybe WE are a little wrong. Maybe THEY are a little right. But we refuse to even look to see. And we lose love and grace in the process.
Doubtfire gave a great message several weeks ago about Forgiveness. He said we need to learn to forgive even if we dislike what the other person has done. Jesus talked about turning the other cheek to our enemies. I get the idea that Jesus would also say we should be willing to listen to our enemies. What do they have to say? Is there anything reasonable in what they are saying. And, if it doesn’t seem reasonable, what has happened in that person’s life that leads to their perspective?
Maybe it is too personal to look at the behavior of another human. Let’s look at the behavior of an animal, a dog. Some of you may have read the book “White Fang” by Jack London. In the book, a man meets up with a dog that is vicious toward humans. People have used and abused the dog. The dog, indeed, is mean. The man finds the dog when it has been so badly mistreated that it is near to death. He feeds the dog, talks kindly to it. He cannot initially get close to the dog because the dog would attack him. But he slowly, after many weeks, gets closer and finally, touches the dog. The dog initially reacts with a biting move. The man is patient. Many days later he tries again. The dog growls a low growl while the man keeps his hand there. The dog both dislikes the touch but also thinks it good. And as he learns to love the man, he learns to cherish the touch. The dog gradually changes. And, because of the love that the man shows him, he finally sees the man as his “Love God.” An incredible bond forms between the man and this dog that once hated humans. And, toward the end of the book, the dog saves the lives of the man and his family.
We must learn to listen to others, even our enemies. We must learn to be quick to listen and slow to judge. We must hold our tongue with others. Try to see the perspective of the other. Maybe there is some truth in what they say, particularly if you see things from their perspective. You don’t have to fully agree. But you may find some commonality. You may find that the “enemy” has hopes, hurts, and dreams just like you. As Sting once said in a song he wrote, “Maybe the Russians love their children too.”
Prayers for Crispr’s coworker and her husband. Her husband has a terminal illness and will likely die soon. Prayer of praise for the birth of Crispr’s niece. Prayers for family member of Swimmies and Octomom as she has been in labor for over 24 hours and their is concern for the baby. Prayers for David, a friend of Brick, Sparty and Hermes. David’s son has been diagnosed with Melanoma. Prayers for Pusher and his family, particularly his father as the one year anniversary of the death of Pusher’s mother will be this Friday. Prayer of praise for Title 9 who has been coping with angst regarding an upcoming move to Oregon. After reporting this last week he has had a sense of calm come over him.