December 21, 2018

“You Serious Clark?” Celebrating the Finest of All Christmas Classics at the Berm, December 20

THE SCENE:  47 and cloudy

Slow stretches

We re-enacted the plot points of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

“We’re kicking off our fun, old-fashioned family Christmas”

Get Tree: Run ¼ mile. Occasionally bear crawl.

“Dad, I can’t feel my toes.”

Take Down Tree without saw: 25 American hammers

“Dad, did you bring a saw?”

Take tree home: Grab partner. Haul partner back ¼ mile.

“They’re not twinkling”

Hang Lights: 10 Upside down pushups on wall+  (lunge lap around ¼ building)

“There’s nothing between the ground and my brain but a piece of government plastic.”

Sledding: Top CrabWalk down hill: Bottom  12 LBCs, run back up hill (repeat 11, 10, 9, etc)

“Mele Kalikimaka”

Bounce on Diving Board, Dive Into Pool: 20 Squat-Burpee

“You taught me everything I know about exterior illumination”

Turn on Lights: 20 Bobby Hurley + Overhead Claps

“That’s the gift that keeps on giving the whole year”

Coupons: Circle hand to left (descending starting at 7:curl/row lift)

“Here Comes Santa Claus, Here Comes Santa Claus”

Capture Mr. Shirley: ¼ mile mosey, 25 merkins, 25 squats, ¼ mile mosey.

“Mary. That’s My Name.”

Dolly. Jane Fonda. Flutter Kicks

In the recent book, The Coddling of the American Mind, Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff discuss the problems with those born after 1995. No, this is not about how those born after that date are ruining the culture. Instead, it is about how the culture is ruining that age group. The authors cite increased levels of depression among students and skyrocketing reports of attempted suicide and self-inflicted cutting wounds as evidence that something is wrong. They pivot to introduce three myths that students are currently being taught that are detrimental for their development. One of these myths is: What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Weaker. Of course, we know this isn’t true.

The idea that our struggles make us stronger isn’t just found in popular music or in general wisdom. It is also a major theme in the Bible. Both testaments make the claim that God disciplines those he loves. The New Testament suggests that our suffering is part of our faith development. It is how we develop perseverance (James 1). It builds our character (1 Peter 1).

Yet we are so resistant to it. We avoid the struggle. But we know it is in our best interest. When we come to Bootcamp we suffer, but we know it makes us better. What other opportunities do we have to embrace our struggle? What other ways can we embrace suffering?