THE SCENE: Cloudy with temps in 40’s
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER
20 Side-Straddle-Hops; 10 Mountain Climbers, 10 Windmills, 10 Plank Leg Stretches, 10 Cherry Pickers
Mosey to parking lot across street. Split into teams of two. There will be sets of bricks at one end of the parking lot. We will do Doras with the following activities.
Activity one: Team member bear crawls to first cone, hops to second cone and then does Bernie Sanders to other end of parking lot. Then sprint back across parking lot to tag partner and take over on Activity Two exercises.
Activity two: teams will do 100 each of the following exercises with a set of bricks:
- Overhead presses
- Rows with bricks at sides
- Wings out
- Wings up
- Wings down
Mosey on roadway and go to large parking lot that is south of the northern ballpark. We will run in a counterclockwise circle around the parking lot stopping at each cone to do the following exercises:
- Cone 1: Ten Burpees
- Cone 2: 20 Merkins
- Cone 3: 20 Big-Boy Sit-ups
- Cone 4: 20 Squat Jumps
- Cone 5: 20 Buzz Saws (four count)
- Cone 6: 20 Dive Bombers
- Cone 7: 20 Smurf Jacks
- Cone 8: 20 Shoulder taps (each shoulder = 1)
- Rinse and Repeat
Mosey to Serpentine Sidewalk. We will do 14’s all the way to Cardiac Hill. We will lunge for one light and then sprint four lights, repeating that until we get to Cardiac Hill.
At Cardiac Hill, we will run up hill doing the following exercises at the following locations:
- Turn 1: 20 American Hammers (four count)
- Turn 2: 20 Hello Dollies (four count)
- Turn 3: 20 Decline Merkins
- Turn 4: 20 Bench Dips
- Rinse and Repeat Twice
Mosey to AO.
20 Flutter Kicks, 20 Bicycle Kicks
COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
14 men, no FNG’s
CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
In his book, Counterfeit Gods, Timothy Keller has one chapter entitled The Seduction of Success. In it, he quotes from an interview with the pop star Madonna in Vanity Fair. “I have an iron will, and all of my will has always been to conquer some horrible feeling of inadequacy . . . My drive in life is from this horrible fear of being mediocre. And that’s always pushing me, pushing me. Because even though I’ve become Somebody, I still have to prove that I’m Somebody. My struggle has never ended and it probably never will.
Keller also quotes Mary Bell, a counselor who works with high level executives. She commented that many executives don’t abuse alcohol – they abuse their own lives. They complete a project, then look to the next one but must do better to reach that certain level of satisfaction. They are always pushing for that better high. They are achievement addicts.
We may achieve success in our jobs but then we look for better jobs, more income. We often measure ourselves by how high up the company ladder we have climbed or how much money we make. We look at our possessions or homes and compare ourselves to others in that way. The trouble is, we may get a nicer home in a newer neighborhood but up our standard, now comparing ourselves to the richer and “more successful” people in the new neighborhood. We envy the people with the nicest cars and newest homes.
We must give up this seduction of success. It can lead us away from ourselves, from time spent in enjoyment with our family and friends, in time spent with God. I am fortunate to have met some people in my life who have moved to break themselves from the success game. I remember working as a jury consultant in Dallas, TX. I lived in an area where I was comparing myself to others who were driving nicer cars, living in nicer homes. I remember talking to a husband and wife at my church who were both attorneys. They talked to me about how they had each made a decision to get out of the fast-paced law firms they had been in and work for lesser pay. They sold their home in a rich area of Dallas and moved to a nice but less expensive home in Richardson, a suburb of Dallas. They spent more time going to church, involving themselves with their children. Their example helped me in my own struggle with the seduction of success.
I remember moving to Knoxville and feeling the burden lessening just because of the environment. The brand and looks of your automobile are not as big a deal here in Knoxville. I like that. I also like how we in F3 accept all as brothers. Who cares or even knows what our economic backgrounds are.
I don’t want success to be my counterfeit God. God loves each of you for who you are. God’s version of “be all that you can be” is much different than our commercialized view of looking at that phrase. Our culture makes that phrase sound like, “to be all we can be” that we must achieve at the very highest level. God wants us to do well but also wants us to rest in him. He sees success much differently than we do. So ask yourself, what does success look like for God? Is it about relationship, about honor, about love, about trusting in Him, about serving others? I think those things come much closer to what God wants for us than our cultural way of seeing success, where we are inadequate unless who keep achieving more and more.
Safe travels for Waffle House on his trip out of county.