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F3 Milton Delaware Chop Double Coupon Workout

Double Q-Pon

F3 Milton Delaware Chop Double Coupon Workout
F3 Milton Delaware Chop Double Coupon Workout

To Honor my 2nd Q of August, we did a double Coupon F3 workout.

F3 Milton Delaware Chop Double Coupon Workout

F3 Warm-up (5 minutes):

  1. Side Straddle Hops (SSH) – 25 reps
  2. Arm Circles – 20 reps each direction
  3. Hip Circles – 20 reps each direction
  4. Imperial Walkers -20
  5. Good Mornings – 15 reps
  6. Burpees – 10 reps: Perform a Burpee exercise.

In honor of my Second Q this Month

Everyone Grab 2 Coupons and let’s go to the bank.

The Thang (35 minutes):

ROUND 1: Repeat 3 Times

Complete the following circuit of exercises. Use cinder blocks (Coupons) where specified. Perform each exercise for the designated number of repetitions, with minimal rest between exercises. Repeat the circuit 3 times.

• Farmers Carry Your Blocks Between Stations

  1. DOUBLE Coupon Curls – 20 reps: Hold a cinder block in each hand and perform bicep curls.
  2. Dip Merkins (Push-ups) – 20 reps: Perform standard push-ups.
  3. DOUBLE Coupon Rows – 20 reps each arm: Hold a cinder block in one hand and perform rows by pulling the block towards your hip.
  4. Feet Elevated Plank Hold – 1 minute

3rd F was more of a conversation.

The Stupidity is Coming.

• Masks are out.

• The Gaslighting is on.

• Election Riots WILL Start by next Summer

Dont let someone else run the conversation.

25 Burpeees

We put the blocks back, then finished off with 2 more minutes of Burpees.

F3 A Burpee

Date: 08/17/2023

AO: CHOP, Milton, DE

QIC: Fireplex

Warm up

SSH – 15 IC

Bolt 45’s – 15 squats to halfway down.   15 squats halfway to full down.  15 full squats

Imperial Walkers – 15 IC

Windmills – 15 IC

Mosey from CHOP .2 mile around Strawberry Alley and back to grass by the bank parking lot.

The Thang

 Q brought a modified Super 21 beatdown in descending order.  21 Burpees to 21 Big Boy Sit ups.  20 Burpees to 20 Big Boy Sit ups.  19 Burpees to 19 Big Boy Sit ups, etc., etc., etc.  An option was given to modify the evolution in ascending order.  A break was called for the 3rd F message at the Q’s discretion.  231 of each exercise would be completed if the evolution is completed in its entirety.  The best for the day was completed by Probe descending down through the round of 8.  

Count-O-Rama, Name-O-Rama, and the Circle of Trust.  Please keep all our HIM in your thoughts and prayer. 

F3 Message 08/17/23

WHEN THINGS ARE OVERWHELMING – #9541

August 7, 2023

My wife always said I usually try to cram in one more thing before I leave for an appointment. No, she was right. Yeah, she’d say that I usually try to make it up on the road, and sometimes I do have to plead guilty I guess. And it usually works okay if the weather’s on my side. And then there are those very rainy days when it’s a little tougher to hurry. You know, you’re zipping down the highway at top speed, and suddenly you feel yourself losing control of the rear wheels. You ever had that happen to you? Yeah, it’s what they call hydroplaning. The water builds up under those tires so that well, you’re suddenly skiing. You’re skimming along on water rather than on the pavement and the rear of your car starts to go somewhere you don’t want it to go. Now, if that’s ever happened to you, you know it is a scary feeling to start hydroplaning because, well, you’re going so fast and you’re starting to start losing control.

I’m Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about “When Things Are Overwhelming.”

Now, our word for today from the Word of God comes from Psalm 42. As we read this, the author (DAVID) is hydroplaning. Well, he didn’t have a car, he had a chariot. And I don’t know if chariots hydroplane or not, but things were moving so fast for him, he was beginning to lose control. In fact, listen to some of the descriptions he gives. He says, “My tears have been my food day and night.” Then as you read on later in this very personal Psalm, he uses words like this: “Why are you so downcast oh my soul? Why are you so disturbed within me?” Then he says, “My soul is downcast within me. All Your waves and breakers, Lord, have swept over me.” This guy’s in bad shape!

He says, “Man, things are just totally out of control.” I was there not too long ago feeling this way. I think it was accumulated over a period of several weeks. Challenges had just been getting much bigger than my resources. Personally I felt like my faith was kind of like a fitted sheet on a king sized bed and I couldn’t quite get it over that fourth corner. I couldn’t get it to reach far enough to cover the particular challenges and the pressures that were accumulating. And I’ll be honest with you, I was overwhelmed, I get there sometimes. I was pretty anxious, I was feeling like I would never catch up. And then I wandered into Psalm 42, where I was hit with a very probing question by a man who was feeling things out-of-control like I was. And as it turned out, that question turned out to be the answer.

Here’s our word for today from the Word of God. The question is in Psalm 42:2. It says this: “When can I go and meet with God?” So the writer says, “I’m losing control. It’s bigger than I am. When can I go and meet with God?” You know, just like the writer of that Psalm, I needed to stop the world and get away for 24 hours with my Bible and a notepad and meet with God. And I did.

That’s been repeated many times. Maybe that’s the prescription for you right now. You say, “Well, there’s too much for me to stop right now.” See, that’s why you need to. Set a time to stop. Stand back, and listen to your Lord for an extended, unhurried chunk of time – for hours, not just minutes. Write down what you’re feeling and what you’re thinking as you’re in His presence for that extended time. And ask Him for a fresh look at the people and the pressures so you can see the forest and not just the trees. Ask Him to help you see it through His eyes. Set some priorities while you’re in that away spot. Make plans. Weed out things that can go. You can trust what you get from God when you’re in an extended time in His presence. And those need to be scheduled on a pretty regular basis.

So, if you’re traveling at high speed, you feel yourself losing control, slow down, hit the brakes, carve out time away where your Lord can show you what He wants, and He can have your undivided attention.

The number one question you have to answer right now is this: “When can I go and meet with God?”

Respectfully Submitted,

Fireplex

August 17, 2023 – F3 A Burpee

Why Me 8/16/23

QIC: Semi

Warm-a-Rama
16 Seal Jacks i/c
16 seal waves i/c
10 hip circles oyo, each direction
Motivator 5 down to 1

The Thang
Mosey across street to the playground

2 rounds
10 hanging leg lifts
10 swerkins
10 split squats per leg

3rd F
Why me.
Talked about me being a cabin counselor at youth camp 2 weeks ago.
Posting a video of my campfire message later on group me.

2 more rounds

Mosey back to AO
Round of Mary
Gas pumpers
Burpees
Hello dollies
Not so easy easy chair
American hammers ( Blarney style 🤪 )
4 count Freddie

Number-Rama
NAME-A-RAMA
COT

6 HIM showed today: Semi, Quattro, Wildwing, Looney Toons, Blarney, Toy Soldier

I Hate Burpees

Date: 06/20/2023

AO: CHOP, Milton, DE

QIC: Fireplex

Warm up

SSH – 20 IC

Cherry Pickers – 20 IC

Bolt 60’s 20 squats to halfway down.   20 squats halfway to full down.  20 full squats. THANKS PROBE !!

Windmills – 20 IC

Imperial Walkers – 20 IC

Mosey .2 miles to “Oh Hill No”.   

The Thang

Burp Back Mountain….Pax pair up to complete 100 Burpees each or as many as possible.  One PAX Nurs up the hill and runs down 3 times while the other works on his burpees.  When all Pax reached 50 Burpees a break for the F3 message took place. One more complete round was completed before moving on to 50 Four-Count Freddie’s (IC) and finishing with a Toy Soldier set of 50 LBC’s. 25 E2K’s (each side), and 15 Big Boys.

Count-O-Rama, Name-O-Rama, and the Circle of Trust.  Please keep all our HIM in your thoughts and prayers.

Mosey .2 miles back to CHOP.  

F3 Message – 06/20/2023

UNUSED CAPABILITIES – #2736

So much of the furniture and equipment in our office is a God-story. He has miraculously provided so many things through His people – things we could never have been able to buy. One of those things is our telephone system. A Christian brother was upgrading the system at his company – and donated his old system to us. And that old system is great for us! Now our phones have this battery of buttons on them – most of which we have just been looking at or ignoring. We have had no idea what they do. Our Team has been so busy that no one has really had the time to read the manual! Finally, we assigned that research to Jeff – and the other day, he reported back to our Team. He showed us all kinds of sophisticated tricks our phones could do – and here we’ve been settling for just using a phone line and the “hold” button. These phones are amazing. They’ve been amazing all along. We’ve been slumming it – when we could have been going in style!

Well, I’m Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about “Unused Capabilities.”

Our word for today from the Word of God comes from Matthew 14:25. Jesus’ disciples were out in a boat and they’re being battered by a violent storm. “During the fourth watch of the night, Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw Him walking on the lake, they were terrified. ‘It’s a ghost,’ they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: ‘Take courage! It is I! Don’t be afraid.’ ‘Lord, if its You,’ Peter replied, ‘tell me to come to You on the water.’ ‘Come,’ He said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.”

All the disciples were just trying to ride out the storm. But Peter suddenly got a glimpse of the power of his Master – and of something supernatural he could do if he risked everything on Jesus. And suddenly Peter was doing what people don’t do – he was walking on water!

The fact is that Jesus may be preparing you to step up to something far more supernatural than you’ve ever been or done before. In fact, He’s made your heart restless for more so you would get out of the boat and start walking toward Him in an exciting new way. Peter found out that day that if Jesus wants you to do it – no matter how beyond your capability it may be – He will give you whatever it takes to do it.

A lot of our Christian lives are like our Team and those multi-faceted phones. We’re settling for a level that is far below where we could be living. We’re looking at all those spiritual buttons. We may know some other people who have tapped into those capabilities. But we are settling for a powerless life when Christ in us wants to make our life really powerful. We’re settling for the mediocre when we’re wired for the miraculous. You have the Holy Spirit of Almighty God living in your body – you have backing you up the authority that Jesus has over everything in the universe – you have Jesus’ resurrection power in your life – are you living like it? Or are you settling for only pushing a couple of God’s buttons when there are so many more that could open up a whole new frontier for you?

You need to be reading the Manual – the Bible – every day. Not just for theology – but looking for the keys to powerful faith – and then using them. And tell the Lord you want the “something more” He’s been making your heart hungry for. Surrender yourself to Him – let go of those areas you have insisted on controlling – get out of the safe little boat and dare to walk where you’ve never walked before!

Your Lord is “able to do immeasurably more than all we could ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us” (Ephesians 3:21). Immeasurably more. Like our phone system, it’s all right there. You got it when you got Jesus. It’s time you began to be and do all you were created for.

Respectfully Submitted,

Fireplex

Something a little different

QIC: Semi

Warm-a-Rama
20 seal jacks i/c
15 plank jacks i/c
15 Imperial walkers i/c
10 each way hip circles oyo
15 seal waves i/c
15 harry rockets i/c

The Thang
Mosey to playground behind elementary school

2 rounds

10 hanging knee raises
10 swerkins
10 each leg single leg hip thrust

3rd F
Difference Maker Devotional

https://bible.com/reading-plans/14159/day/1?segment=0

10 each side seated hip flexors i/c
(In a seated position on the ground, legs together, move one leg out about a foot for 1, out another foot for 2, back to first spot for 3, and back together for 4)
10 pretzel sticks per side, oyo
10 each side seated hip flexors i/c

Mosey back to AO ( playing frogger crossing rt 24 )

Ended with a  round of Mary
Flutter kicks
Hello dollies
LBCs
Gas pumpers

Number-Rama
NAME-A-RAMA
COT

4 HIM showed today: Semi, Looney Toons, Chauffer, Wildwing

Chauffer’s Chauffeured Georgetown Tour of Destruction 04/22/2023

17 HIM: Wildwing, Fireplex, Gator, Toy Soldier, Pusher, Sweet n Low, Quattro, Biddie, TRex, Mr. Mom, Looney Tunes, Semi, WhirlyBird, Lunchables, Cinco, Doodle, led by Chauffer.

Warm up: The Q showed up late (apologies) and found 16 HIM performing SSH led by TRex.
The welcome to F3 Nation, mission statement and disclaimer had already been completed so Q took over and next up were 10 hip circles each direction OYO followed by 20 cherry pickers I.C. , 20 windmills I.C. , 20 imperial walkers I.C. , and a new exercise was introduced called the Side Straddle Merkin (begin in the diamond merkin position with feet together drop to wide stance with feet wide apart then push back up to starting position). HIM performed 10 SSM OYO and then performed 5 burpees.

Mosey to Firehouse parking lot (south Bedford side) Bear Crawl to Pine street side.

Mosey to N.G. Sidewalk. HIM formed two rows facing steps. Front row began Lt. Dan to the steps while back row performed squats. When front row reached steps, back row began Lt. Dan toward steps and front row did 10 step hops and then performed squats until back row arrived. Front row then Lt. Dan back to sidewalk and performed dips while back row performed 10 step hops followed by 20 dips.

Mosey to Library. HIM performed 20 American Hammers OYO, 20 Big boys OYO, 20 Flutter kicks OYO.

Mosey to front of Georgetown Middle School. HIM lined up on curb at east side (Sussex Central Dr.) and performed the new Side Straddle Merkin exercise (5 OYO) then Lt. Dan to next sidewalk and performed 20 merkins and planked for the 6. Then, on Qs command, jail break to next sidewalk to do 10 burpees then mosey to next side walk for 20 Big Boys OYO. NUR to curb at School Lane to do 20 dips OYO. When all HIM had completed the dips Q gave 3rd F message.

3rd F. Q shared that since joining F3, 3 years ago, he has spent more time in the Word than he had in all his life. This was motivated mostly by Yukon who last year told us that he and his M were reading the New Testament in a year (a chapter a day Mon-Fri). Q read Colossians 3:1-17. You can read Colossians 3 here https://www.blueletterbible.org/nlt/col/3/1/

After 3rd F message : HIM then, feeling convicted and realizing their sinful nature, performed 5 Bomb Jacks and then reversed the order of the exercises at the school to return all the HIM to the east side of the school (Sussex Central Dr.)

Mosey back to Cir. For a round of Mary.

Number-ama, Name O Rama, announcements, COT

Shoulders and Abs

QIC: Semi

Warm-a-Rama
15 Seal jacks i/c
15 Imperial walkers i/c
15 plank jacks i/c
10 hip circles oyo (each direction)
30 Moroccan night club i/c
15 seal waves i/c

The Thang

Each PAX grabes 2 water bottles
Mosey to playground across the street
10 low side plank rotator i/c ( both sides)
30 urkins oyo
10 hanging knee raises oyo
10 swerkins
10 split squats ( per leg )
10 pretzel sticks (per side)

3rd F
9 lessons from F3
1. You can go a lot farther with others by your side.
2. Men need challenges to stay sharp mentally, physically, and emotionally.
3. Confidence is built by setting and accomplishing goals.
4. Competition makes us better.
5. Sweat and shared suffering build strong bonds.
6. If you’re not accelerating, you’re decelerating.
7. You’re stronger than you think you are.
8. The COT is great therapy.
9. Friends make life worth living and loving.

Complete 2 more rounds of exercises

Mosey to parking lot
Chappie run back to flag (water in mouth)

5 burpees for reward

Number-Rama
NAME-A-RAMA
COT

5 HIM showed today: Semi, Nutz, Gee-AYA, Wildwing, Looney Toons

Hydraulic What ? Hill No !

Date: 04/04/2023

AO: CHOP, Milton, DE

QIC: Fireplex

Warm up

SSH – 25 IC

Cherry Pickers – 15 IC

Hydraulic Bolt 45’s – 15 squats full up to half-way down, 15 squats half-way down to full down, & 15 hydraulic squats full motion (6 Count).  All completed IC.

Windmills – 15 IC

The Thang

Mosey to “Oh Hill No” and complete a round of Merkin Jax.  Merkin Jax are a 1:4 ratio of I merkin to 4 plank jacks followed by 2 merkins to 8 plank jacks continuing until reaching the 10:40 ratio.  Next all Pax lined up for a modified Spartan Run Routine – Nur up the hill and run down and drop and do 15 merkins. Nur up the hill and run down and drop and do 15 merkins. All Pax completed the evolution as many reps as possible (AMRAP) with the remainder of the time available before moseying back to CHOP.

F3 Message

Mosey back to CHOP

Count-O-Rama, Name-O-Rama, and the Circle of Trust.  Prayers were offered for multiple needs within the attending PAX, but please keep all our HIM in your thoughts and prayers.  

F3 Message 04/04/23

THE SURPRISING SECRET OF GREATNESS – #9292

August 23, 2022

The book is called Good to Great. It’s a thought-provoking book on management written by Jim Collins and a research team that he headed. They identified eleven of the most effective companies in the United States, and then they pursued this question: “What specifically makes these companies so different?” This research actually challenged many of the author’s preconceptions. There were actually lots of surprises. Interestingly, the first thing Collins and his team point to as common to every one of these consistently successful companies is this, and it is a surprise – the modesty of the various CEOs who led them. They suggest that the starting point of a great company is a humble leader – highly focused, sometimes driven people – but known for being gracious, self-effacing, understated. I guess in a word, humble.

I’m Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about “The Surprising Secret of Greatness.”

If you’ve listened much to what Jesus says about leadership, those recent “discoveries” shouldn’t be a great surprise to you. In Mark 10, beginning with verse 42, our word for today from the Word of God, Jesus presents what most people believe about being a leader – and then the truth according to Jesus.

He says: “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them…not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all.” Then Jesus backs it up with the way He lived His own life: “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”

Jesus believes that you can earn your authority in people’s lives by serving them, by putting them first, by helping them succeed. And, sure enough, the most contemporary research only reinforces the importance of humility in leadership. The Good to Great authors illustrate their conclusions in this area with what they call windows and mirrors. When these successful CEOs do something right, they walk over to a window and point to all the reasons out there (especially all the other people) that are the reasons for their success. When they do something wrong, they walk to a mirror and they assume the blame themselves. Less effective leaders? Well, the authors say they do it just the other way around – when things go wrong they point out the window and point to excuses and explanations. When things are going right, they go to the mirror to admire the one who deserves the credit they think.

Whether you’re in a position to lead your children, or lead a business, or a staff, or a church, a class, a project, a ministry, don’t fall for the popular lies about leading people – that success means being pushy or punishing, pulling rank, playing politics, manipulating, promoting yourself. No, it’s humble servanthood that is the surprising secret of success. That’s humility as in always being teachable, and courteous, vulnerable, willing to accept responsibility rather than place blame; caring about the person, not just the project.

Former Attorney General John Ashcroft’s godly father tried to prepare him for life in the nation’s Capitol after his son had gotten elected to the United States Senate. Listen to what he said, “John, the culture of Washington is a culture of arrogance.” (By the way, most power-centers are.) He said, ” But the culture of Jesus is a culture of humility. Don’t get sucked into the culture of arrogance.”

That’s good advice for any of us who have someone to lead. Remember, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble” (1 Peter 5:5).

Respectfully Submitted,

Fireplex

More chest pump

Warm-a-Rama

15 seal jacks i/c
10 mountain man pooper i/c
30 merrockin night club i/c
15 plank jacks i/c
10 hip circles each direction oyo
15 seal waves i/c

The Thang

Bolt 45 with toes raised

Split into 4 groups

Timer group
Jail breaks across parking lot and nur back x 2

Other groups are AMRAP of the following exercises:

Abyss merkins
Swerkins
Pretzel sticks

3rd F
WHY DOGS LIVE LESS THAN HUMAN

Here’s the surprising answer of a 6 year old child.

Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog’s owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.

I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn’t do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.

As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.

The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker‘s family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.

The little boy seemed to accept Belker’s transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker’s Death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that dogs’ lives are shorter than human lives.  Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, ”I know why.”

Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I’d never heard a more comforting explanation. It has changed the way I try and live.

He said, ”People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life — like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?” The six-year-old continued,

”Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don’t have to stay for as long as we do.”

Live simply.
Love generously.
Care deeply.
Speak kindly.

Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:

• When your loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
• Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
• Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy.
• Take naps.
• Stretch before rising.
• Run, romp, and play daily.
• Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
• Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
• On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.
• On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.
• When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
• Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
• Be faithful.
• Never pretend to be something you’re not.
• If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
• When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.

That’s the secret of happiness that we can learn from a good dog.

Round 2

Timer group  –  side shuffle across the parking lot and back

Derkins
E2K
Hand release merkins

BTW for 5 chicken peckers i/c

Round of Mary
Gas pumpers
4 count Freddie
Flutter kick
Hello dollies
Crab jacks

Number-Rama
NAME-A-RAMA
COT

18 HIM Showed today: Semi, Fireplex, Chattahoochee, Wood, Bunt, Quattro, Hoss, Streudel, Wildwing, Deez, Flatbottom, Piglet, Snagelpuss, Kewzie, Whirlybird, Looney Toons, Yukon, Probe

https://photos.app.goo.gl/ibngzY7U6D5uvYGMA

Crawling is for Pooh

Date: 02/07/2023

AO: CHOP, Milton, DE 19968

QIC: Pooh – Warmup VQ & Fireplex – Q

Warm-up

SSH – 21 IC

Cherry Pickers – 15 IC

Moroccan Night Clubs – 20 IC

Windmills – 20 IC

The Thang

Bolt 45’s – IC (4 Count) – 15 squats to halfway down.  15 squats halfway to full down.  15 full squats.

Pax completed a Toy Soldier set consisting of 100 LBC’s, 50 E2K’s each side, and 25 Big Boy ‘s.

Hydraulic Squats – 10 IC (6 Count)

“Chairman Lap” out the back driveway of the CHOP, to the left on Willow, left on Union and to the left back to CHOP parking lot.  Approx. .25 miles.

All Pax were asked to complete a set of 21’s approx. 30 yards apart. Complete 20 merkins and bear crawl approx. 30 yards and complete 1 Bobby Hurley.  Bear crawl back the @30 yards and complete 19 merkins, then bear crawl back and complete 2 Bobby Hurleys.  Continue until you complete 15 merkins and 6 Bobby Hurleys. Pax took a breather for the F3 message after which they finished strong with 10 Burpees, a 30 yard bear crawl, 10 burpees, and a 30 yard bear crawl.

F3 Message 02/07/2023

BOUNCING BACK WHEN YOU BLOW IT – #3801

Monday, August 6, 2001

I’m about 5’8″. You probably know that because I sound about that tall, right? Years ago, I was carrying 210 pounds on this little 68″ body. Goodyear actually offered me a job as their blimp. But thankfully, I have weighed about 45 to 50 pounds less than that for a lot of years. Of course, I’ve still got the same metabolism that inflated this body many years ago. So, ohhh, do I know about dieting! And I also know the point at which your diet is in the greatest danger. OK, you’ve really been good…the scale has been giving you good news the last couple of weeks…your diet discipline is holding. Then somebody offers you something that you just can’t resist–let’s say, a few french fries. You consume them in one bite. So, you buy a whole order of fries for yourself. And now you feel bad. You have blown your diet. You could just get back on track right then. But no–you say to yourself, “I blew it! I’ve failed! Oh well, what’s the use? I might as well have a milk shake to wash down those fries. Hey, and anybody got the number of Pizza Heaven?” Yeah, you messed up. So you give up–and soon return to your former roundness.

I’m Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A WORD WITH YOU today about “Bouncing Back When You Blow It.”

Now, it’s a shame when one or two failures make you give up on your diet. Or, more importantly, on living like Jesus wants you to live.

Maybe it’s a pattern you know all too well. Like a dieter, you’ve made up your mind to change–to do things Jesus’ way. You’re living right, you’re doing well. But one day you mess up and fall back into something the old you would do. And you feel ashamed. Now right here is the point–in dieting or being a disciple–that will determine whether or not this is a brief detour or a huge defeat. What will you do when you’ve blown it? Now, you can clean up or give up. And, believe me, Satan is gonna be right there whispering, “What’s the use? You tried this Christian thing, and look at you! You’re a spiritual lose. You’ll never make it. This is too hard for you. Give it up, man.”

Now, Jesus said Satan is capable only of telling lies–and this is no exception. But he wants to take one defeat and turn it into many defeats…to use this one detour to get you to turn back completely. And maybe you have. Well, it’s time for the truth. Our word for today from the Word of God, Proverbs 24:16, “Though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again.” Notice it doesn’t say, “a righteous man never falls.” It says that when he falls, he gets right back up and starts walking again! See, that’s God’s intention for you when you’ve messed up.

That’s why He invites us in 1 John 1:9 to “confess our sins” because “He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” It’s not Jesus standing there, condemning you for falling. God says, “there is no condemnation in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1) No, that’s your enemy trying to pull you into a cycle of defeat. Live right…then mess up…then feel ashamed…then you give up…then you mess up a lot more…and then you crash spiritually. That’s the cycle of defeat. But Jesus is saying, “One failure is one failure. And the only people who never fell down are people who aren’t trying to walk. Bring that sin to My Cross. Let me clean you up. Tomorrow’s a new day!”

So when you mess up spiritually, it’s either the cross or a crash. Bring that sin straight to Jesus’ cross, and you can get up and keep going. Believe the “what’s the use?” lie, and you’ll crash. Because of Jesus, no failure is final. If you’ve fallen, you can get up, in the forgiveness and power of your Savior.

Now take it from a veteran dieter–it’s a terrible mistake to give up just because you mess up. Today’s failure doesn’t have to sink you tomorrow. You have a Savior who makes each new day a brand new beginning.

Respectfully Submitted,

Pooh & Fireplex

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