Building Bridges

Warm Up

  • Side straddle hops – 20
  • Windmill – 10
  • Hip Circles – 10 each way OYL
  • Cherry Pickers – 10
  • Moroccan Night Clubs – 15

The Thang

First round is 1 Run, Second round is 2 burpees, 1 Run. Third round is 3 diamond merkins, 2 burpees, 1 run and so on until 12 rounds are finished.

  • 1 run
  • 2 burpees
  • 3 diamond merkins
  • 4 merkins
  • 5 E2K
  • 6 big boys
  • 7 flutter kicks (double count)
  • 8 American hammers ( double count)
  • 9 mountain climbers (double count)
  • 10 air squats 
  • 11 side straddle hops 
  • 12 curb dips

Plank for the 6 to finish. 

After 3rd F, Start round 3 with a run around the parking lot and do all 12 steps again.

Last but not least Bolt 45!!

3rd F

Be a bridge builder

“The Bridge Builder,” by Will Allen Dromgoole. It tells the story of an old man who came to a vast chasm while traveling on foot on a cold, gray evening. To cross it, he had to wade through a “sullen tide.” Although “the sullen stream had no fear for him,” once the old man had safely reached the other side, he turned around and built a bridge back the way he came.

A fellow traveler asked the old man: Why, when his journey was nearly over, would he build a bridge he would never use? The old man explained that on his journey, he had seen a “fair-haired youth” who would be traveling the same way after him. The chasm that had been no problem for the old man, he said, might be a pitfall to the young man. The old man concluded: “He, too, must cross in the twilight dim; Good friend, I am building this bridge for him!”

There are two types of people: Those who build bridges and those who burn them. Which type are you? No doubt, Jesus Christ was a bridge builder. One clear example of this is in John 8, when some Pharisees bring a woman to Jesus who was caught committing adultery. They said to Jesus, “‘Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?’” (vs. 3-5). 

As usual, the Pharisees were trying to trip him up. But Jesus was way ahead. His simple way of dismissing these charges was to doodle on the ground for a few moments before standing up and saying, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her” (v. 7).

You’ve probably heard it said that God loves the sinner, but hates the sin. This account in John 8 illustrates this truth beautifully. Jesus built a bridge of mercy and compassion to this woman who didn’t deserve it. Why? Because he loved her. She was one of his most precious creations, and he didn’t want to see her die in her sin without God or hope.

But in that love, Jesus didn’t ignore her sin. He didn’t overlook her adultery. He told her, “Go now and leave your life of sin.” With those words, Jesus demonstrated the perfect balance between compassion and speaking the hard truth. 

Usually you and I focus on one or the other. Sometimes we’re compassionate to those who have messed up royally, but we don’t correct them. We don’t point them to the truth about their sin, so they end up doing the same stupid thing over and over. Other times, we’re quite good at spewing truth all over someone who’s goofed up, but we do it with very little compassion. The truth hurts by itself; we don’t need to beat people over the head with it.

When was the last time you reached out to someone who felt they didn’t have a friend in the world and you showed them the compassion and love of Christ? Jesus came to build bridges to sinners and save them. He built bridges to fishermen, lepers, prostitutes and tax collectors; he built bridges to those who were sick, hurting and hopeless. And, thank God, he built bridges to you and to me. So, if you and I are serious about following him, we need to put down our matches and lighter fluid, and start building bridges

We need to build bridges and reach out to people that are in need. Also we need to keep reaching out time after time because maybe that person is not ready for help but we need to keep on reaching out to help.

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