The Weight

Eight PAX promptly arrived in the nice 55 degree weather to start the day off right.

Date of Beatdown:

 Hong Kong Phooey, Old Bay, Grassspatch, Wishbone, Stuffed Crust, Goldberg, Black Top, and Good Cents (QIC)

 One Minute Warning - Welcome - Disclaimer - Count

Explained this morning’s beatdown would naturally include the 1st F, but have an emphasis on the 2nd F, and an even greater emphasis on the 3rd F.

Stretched in Cadence: LBACs, Good Mornings, Elf on the Shelf, Old Man Windmill

Goldberg began on Clemson's supremacy, which was enjoyed by all - or by me at least.

The Thang That Surely Happened:
 We moseyed to the rock pile behind C3. There we grabbed some chalk and wrote down one of our personal burdens upon a selected stone. We then carried it overhead to the center of the parking lot and circled up.

1st Round - We were each given an exercise to remember. We went around the circle performing each exercise one minute with the coupon (our burden). The exercises were Good Mornings, Elf on the Shelf (each side), Mountain Climbers, Curls, Bent Over Rows, Goblet Squats, and Big Boy Sit Ups. While lifting our burdens I began to play The Band's song, "The Weight" and explained the significance.

2nd Round - Upon completion of each exercise, each person sat their burden down and continually moved one spot to the left in a clockwise manner and picked up someone else’s burden. While bearing each other’s burdens we listened to the 50 year anniversary rendition of the same song. It was cool hearing people throughout the world taking part in the song. I definitely recommend giving it a listen.

We walked the burden coupons to their original place by carrying them close to our chest this time. I’ll explain the significance in this momentarily.

Circle of Trust:
 We swiftly took a lap around the parking lot before gathering for the COT, where we did Count-O-Rama and Name-O-Rama. We announced today's Q Source meeting and next month's Fartsack Hijack Challenge. I then asked for prayer requests and if anyone would like to share their burden with the group. Several concerns were shared.

I explained that we each have our burdens, but we should still take time to help others bear their burdens. When we first carried our stones of personal burdens, we carried them overhead. This was symbolic of the heavy load we are under when we carry our burdens alone. The reason for holding them close to our chest when they were returned was because we were carrying the burden of someone else. When helping another, we should keep their concerns near and dear to our heart with constant remembrance and prayer.

We need to help share one another burdens. We need to allow others to help us instead of trying to do it on our own.

Something that’s even greater than sharing each other’s burdens is that we can take them to God. We can lay them before our Sovereign Redeemer.

Matthew 11:28 “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

He promises to give us rest. Isn’t that a blessed thought? Let’s fully trust Him with all our cares. Let’s fully trust Him with our lives.

Closed in Prayer

Submitted by:
 Good Cents