14 PAX were in attendance. It was 69 degrees and partly cloudy. This is officially day 8 of the 12 Days of Pothole. Disclaimer: This is all really hard and you should go home right now.
There wasn’t one.
As promised, today was track work. Tracks aren’t just for running. You can move around a track and it can be just as much, if not more, torturous than sprinting.
I give you: The Highway To Hell
Lap 1:Mosey at a pace you feel comfortable (walk, run, sprint, whatever). Lap 2:Bear crawl around the track. The standard is the standard. However, if you don’t feel you can meet the standard, for reasons only you know, because I don’t want to be responsible for any injury you give yourself, I’ve provided a suitable modification: take 10 steps and then do 10 merkins. Lap 3:Lunge around the track. Suitable modification: take 10 steps and then do 10 squats. Lap 4:STH around the track. Suitable modification: there isn’t one. Lap 5: (if you’ve made it this far) Murder Bunny just to the inside of the track on the grass so as not to damage your kick ass block that someone spent a lot of time painting.
Not everyone finished lap 5 in time. Some didn’t even start.
1. EH People! 2. Legacy continues next Tuesday (and every Tuesday) at 0500. 3. Promote and show up for Thirsty Thursdays! We had 14 people show up for the last one. Next up: April 23rd, 1700, at La Fogata in Chapin. 4. Midlands Combine, May 1st. Transitions Homeless Center. You can also donate: “Midlands Combine”. Give your checks to Darla. 5. 2nd F opportunity this coming Saturday, April 17th. Join Phonebooth, Altar Boy, and others as they head to Kings Mt., NC to lend some help to Slim Jim (who is battling Stage 4 cancer). Plan to do some yard work and hang out for some grill time with Slim Jim and others. DM Phonebooth for more details. The plan is to meet at the Chapin Hardees at 0630 and wheels up after grabbing a Bo-Biscuit.
Continue to remember the Haigler family, Slim Jim, and other unspoken needs.
Matthew 7:15“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.”
I had seen this verse many times throughout my life. I first looked it up when I heard someone use the phrase, “wolf in sheep’s clothing.” I’d heard it being referred to in the same conversation as some choice tele-evangelists. And sometimes non-believers. I deducted that this verse never applied to me. I’m not a pastor, preacher, tele-evangelist, and I believe in God. So no part of this verse applies to me other than looking out for false prophets, right?
I believe this passage was written for us to be mindful of who we listen to when we are seeking divine guidance; however, like a lot of passages, I believe we can hold personal some of the truths in this verse.
I don’t proclaim that I or anyone else I know is a prophet. The Bible is clear on the definition of a prophet (2 Peter 1:21). However, I am fully capable of bearing witness of my faith to another person. I can quote scriptures to someone pointing out something they do wrong – and even myself. I can witness to someone else and talk to them about the joys of accepting Jesus. I can do all of these things through Christ, who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13).
I’m also capable of returning to my own vomit (Proverbs 26:11), because I am human, a born sinner, and likely to repeat my folly. However, we don’t like to outwardly share these things about our lives. No one just openly confesses their sins and struggles to others (Jeremiah 17:9). We all have dark corners in our hearts that we don’t like to talk about. So I am also fully capable of talking about Jesus to someone while at the same time having thoughts that shouldn’t be there.
I’ve sat in Church singing hymns and appearing to listen to the message while thinking about 10 other things I shouldn’t be thinking about. I’ve told others that I’m doing great in my walk with God, all while knowing I was about to look at something on the internet I shouldn’t. I’ve told others I would pray for them and never thought about it afterwards, but I was sure to remember the girl that passed me on the sidewalk.
If sin is sin is sin, then all sinners are created equal. This makes me no different than a prophet who was called by God and either fled or gave false witness. I’m no different than the preacher who gave a powerful message and then had multiple affairs or stole money. I’m not different than the scholars who knowingly lead people astray. Therefore, this also makes me a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
I’ve challenged myself to work on my inward appearance. If I outwardly portray that I love Jesus, then I need to reflect this inwardly as well. The Bible warns us about not being lukewarm (Revelation 3:16). You’re either one of God’s sheep or a ravenous wolf – and not one of the cool ones. You can’t be both.