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Anxiety is Old News at Old Town

    • When: 03/16/20
    • QIC: Italian Job
    • The PAX: Burgundy, Rasta, Drop Thrill, Walker, Boomer, Lockpick, Jester, Ponytail, Triad, Darth, Toot Toot, Italian Job

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It was an honor to share the Gloom with 12 #HIM of the Rock Region this morning. The workout was difficult and the message was timely. Here’s what we did:

The Thang

  • 20 SSHs (IC)
  • 15 Imperial Walkers (IC)
  • 10 Low Slow Squats (IC)
  • 5 Burpees

Mosey to City Hall

  • 100 Dips
  • 75 Calf Raises
  • 50 Squats
  • 25 Merkins
  • 5 Burpees

Mosey to Fountain Park

  • 50 American Hammers (IC)
  • 25 Flutters (IC)
  • 10 LBCs (IC)
  • 5 Burpees

Mosey to the Parking Deck

  • Round 1
    • Nur the ramps, Shuffle the shorts, all the way to the top
    • Stairs Down
  • Round 2
    • 25 Shoulders, Knees, and Toes
    • 15 1 Legged Squats
    • 10 Wall Merkins
    • 5 Burpees
    • Run the stairs up
  • Round 3
    • 15 Eskimo Merkins
    • Run down the ramps
  • Round 4
    • 20 Alternating Shoulder Taps (IC)
    • Stairs Up
  • Round 5
    • 20 Gunslingers (IC)
    • Ramp Up
    • Stairs Down
  • Mosey to COT
    • 20 SSHs (IC)
    • 15 Imperial Walkers (IC)
    • 10 Low Slow Squats (IC)
    • 5 Burpees

NMM

There is a lot of uncertainty in the world today. Fear rules the airwaves and social media. Coronavirus. Stock market. Lack of toilet paper. The bad news is causing paralyzing anxiety.

We are a group of leaders. As leaders, people are watching how we will react to the fear of the unknown. Its our time to shine…not our light, but the light of our Creator. Here are some reminders from Scripture:

  • 1 Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear; but of power, and love, and of sound mind.”
  • 1 Peter 5:7 “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.”
  • Phil 4:6-7 “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
  • Matthew 7:7-8 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”

So, how as leaders, are we supposed to beat anxiety?

  1. Pray with faith – Matthew 7:7-8 reminds us to ask, seek, and knock. We trust God will answer, provide, and answer.
  2. Pray with thanksgiving – instead of focusing on the fears of the world, make a list of things you’re thankful for. Instead of focusing on the what-ifs, focus on what blessing you have.
  3. Pray with relinquishment – not your will, but His.

The news on the coronavirus is not good. But remember this, fear sells. If it bleeds, it leads. If you spend your time focusing on the bad, your mind will be filled with fear. We need to focus instead on the Good News. There is a plan for you. Focus on the good in the world or be the good the world needs.

In these uncertain times, I want to encourage you to step in to assist. Look for ways to feed the hungry. Go shopping for those with compromised immune systems. Check on your neighbors as this illness progresses. Provide stability in your families. Be brave, but be smart. Its times like these that the cream rises to the top.

You are a leader in our community. As a leader, people are watching to see how you react. Use your extra time at home to focus on your faith and family. This may be the opportunity you need to reprioritize your life. We can either be frozen by fear or revitalized by the opportunity to serve. You know what you need to do. Do it!

Aye!

Italian Job

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