Failure

Nine Pax, took the DRP this morning, answered the call and got better because of it.

The Pax: Flying Tomato, Squirrel, Meat sweats, Scout, Bourne, McFly, Poacher, Kaffee and MadBum

Warm Up:  Side stretch, SSH, Windmills

The Thang:

  • Round one: Q selects a person who goes around the circle and tells everyone the person’s hospital name
    • Wrong name = Tubthumpin’
    • The 1997 “Tubthumping” by Chumbawamba is played. PAX start with SSH during the song and then each time they say “I get knocked down, but I get up again,” PAX do a Burpee. 27 Burpees over the course of 3:30 mins

  • Round two: Q selects a person who goes around the circle and tells everyone the person’s hospital name
    • Wrong name = Thunderstruck
    • Well…that was the plan, however the speaker battery died….FAIL

Mosey to the grassy knoll 

  • 1st set: 25 reps each
    • Start line: 4 count American hammers
    • Other end: Monkey humpers
    • Transportation: Lunge
  • 2nd set: 30 reps each
    • Start line: 4 count Hello Dolly (low)
    • Other end: Knerkins
    • Transportation: Jog
  • 3rd set: 35 reps each
    • Start line:           LBCs
    • Other end: Overhead press, 4-count
    • Transportation: Lunge
  • 4th set: 40 reps each
    • Start line: 4 count Flutter kicks
    • Other end: Plank squats
    • Transportation: Range Walk
  • 5th set: 40 reps each
    • Start line: 4 count Freddy Mercury’s
    • Other end: Australian Snow Angels
    • Transportation: Jog

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Saturday is Seeker’s last Q

PRAYER:  Meat Sweats led us out in prayer 

MOLESKINE:  You are not a failure

Consider it pure joy, my brothers (and sisters), whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”  JAMES 1:2–4 NIV

You will fail; this happens. But this does not mean you are a failure. The assumption that “I am a failure” is a powerful and defeating thought. It’s a recording that has sometimes played in my mind.  A recording that had led me to falsely believe that to be a man, I must “man-up” by appearing strong, confident, and courageous, even when I have felt weak, confused, and lost. This false belief devastates.

Experiencing failure and feeling the impact is a good thing, for all men. I have learned the most through my failures.  But beating myself up by allowing a failure to convince me that I am a failure is not helpful.

The voice of the past will call to each of us. In moments of failure, we will be tempted to listen to the old voice and the old identity. It will call to you and say, “I am a failure.” Its call will be crystal clear because only you will hear its voice. The courtroom of your mind will offer a convincing case.

The next time you fail, learn from it.  Then, before the failure begins to poison your thinking, bring to mind that Scripture says, you a “son of righteousness” are not a failure.  We build guardrails for these moments, we have friends / brothers to call or to rest into that will listen and rebuild us…breath the Truth into us and chase out the voice of the deceiver.

But [God] said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.—2 Corinthians 12:9-10

Failure gives way to opportunity.  The man who is strong in himself is not strong; he is only pretending to be strong. Instead, the man who embraces his weakness (through failure) is genuinely strong because he is strong in God.

So the next time you hear that voice inside your head saying, “I’m a failure” call me, text me, write me….I’ll be real clear in my response; “HEY!  That’s my friend you are talking about and my friend IS – NOT – A – FAILURE!”  

Love each and every one of you!

Aye!

Happy Father’s Day to all you dads.

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