THE SCENE: Cloudy, low 80s
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER
This a Week 3 of the Iron Pax Challenge so we will stretch for one minute then get straight to the work out
We will do the following exercises for Week 3 of the Iron Pax Challenge for 43 minutes. After 43 minutes, each man will see how many reps he did of the exercises. Each man will rinse and repeat after he goes through the round of exercises until the 43 minutes are over. Here are the exercises:
- 10 Pull-Ups
- 15 Cross-Over Burpees
- 20 Coupon Curls
- 25 Coupon Squat Thrusters
- 30 Gas Pumps (reverse crunches)
COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
Five men, no FNGs.
CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
Have you ever watched infants trying to walk? They pull themselves up via a nearby item or a parental hand. They take a step and . . . fall. They try it again, wobble and . . . fall. The falling doesn’t deter them. They keep after it, fall after fall. Infants learn to walk by learning to fall.
My son, Puddle (Bennett Neece) loves to ski as do I. I observed him the first day he learned to ski. I didn’t give the lesson . . . he was involved with other Boy Scouts in a group lesson. I skied for a while and came back to observe him later. He was covered in snow but going for it down the mountain, speeding along, trying to make a turn and falling like a madman, ski poles flying, skis going in opposite directions. He laughed, tromped through the snow, got the gear back, put his skis on and went right back at it down the mountain. I knew after that day that he was going to be a good skier. Why? He was willing to fall. Others in his group were much more tentative. Bennett didn’t mind falling. And because he didn’t mind falling, he learned rapidly. Good skiers learn to ski by learning to fall.
You have figured out where this message is going. In any important endeavor we take on in life, we learn to succeed by learning to fall. Screwing up at the task is not a failure. It is simply a necessary fall that we must be willing to learn from. We don’t learn well by winning all the time.
Movement, growth and success involve falling. This is true in everything. And, it involves the willingness to risk falling. If you want to move up the ladder vocationally, it involves the risk of messing up on more difficult tasks. If you want to date that beautiful girl, it involves the risk of being rejected. If you want an audience to hear your message, it involves the risk of embarrassment when you speak. If you want to sell a product it involves the risk of being hung up or having the door slammed in your face.
God knows that we must fall. Ironically, we become stronger spiritually through falling. The falling brings us closer to Him for we yearn for his help when we fall. We also learn more about ourselves when we fall. And, we relate more to people, understanding them better when they fall. Blessed our those who mourn. And blessed our those who get back up, shake themselves off, and try it all over again.
Prayers for Thunderstruck’s mother, father and grandfather. Prayers for the mother of Squirtle’s coworker.