Friday, June 13, 2014

2014.06.13 Work

From Tim Keller's The Gospel in Life series, Session 6 "Cultivating the Garden"

The gospel changes
... the motivation for our work
... the ethics of our work
... our conception of our work


Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Matthew 11:28

Meaningful, restorative rest in Christ


Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.

Colossians 3:23-24

Serve Christ


The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.

Genesis 2:15

God designed us to work and cultivate, taking raw materials and creating something beautiful.


WOD 2014.06.12

Romanian deadlift
5x5 @ 155 lb
great movement to stretch and strengthen my back

Every 2 min, sprint 200 m
x 10
I love running, but this was really hard!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

2014.06.12 On Busyness

Recently read: Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung.


Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”

Luke 10:38-42

The good portion of our day is being with Jesus.


A man may preach from false motives. A man may write books, and make fine speeches, and seem diligent in good works, and yet be a Judas Iscariot. But a man seldom goes into his closet, and pours out his soul before God in secret unless he is serious.

J.C. Ryle


I am more and more convinced that what gives a ministry its motivations, perseverance, humility, joy, tenderness, passion, and grace is the devotional life of the one doing ministry. When I daily admit how needy I am, daily meditate on the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and daily feed on the restorative wisdom of his Word, I am propelled to share with others the grace that I am daily receiving at the hands of my Saviour.

Paul Tripp


It's not wrong to be tired. It's not wrong to feel overwhelmed. It's not wrong to go through seasons of complete chaos. What is wrong--and heartbreakingly foolish and wonderfully avoidable--is to live a life with more craziness than we want bcause we have less Jesus than we need.

Kevin DeYoung


WOD 2014.06.11

3 position snatch (from ground, top of knee, high hang)
45 lb, 65 lb, 95 lb, 115 lb, 125 lb, 125 lb

20 min AMRAP
10 pistols
15 pull-ups
Score: 6 rounds, 12 pull-ups
(PB: 11 rounds, 8 pistols)

Food Selection Matters, Charles Poliquin

Wednesday, June 11, 2014


Trust in the Lord with all your heart, 
  and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways, acknowledge Him, 
  and He will direct your paths.
Be not wise in your own eyes. 
  Fear the Lord and turn away from evil.
It will be healing to your flesh 
  and refreshment to your bones.
-- Proverbs 3:5-8

This is a convicting passage. Each phrase challenges my motives and choices. And how I long for this healing and refreshment that comes from a grounded life!


An interesting thought today from Seth Godin: It is far easier to love what you are paid for than to try to get paid for what you love.


I have not been to the gym for a few days battling a cold/flu. Rest makes many things better. If all goes well, I will get to work on one of my favorite lifts (the snatch) and do one of my favorite workouts ("Mary").