020 - From The Bottom To The Top
The PowerBreak Podcast
Program 020 – SHOW NOTES
THE Q&A FORMAT
- OPEN with Tease
(Bob) “This is the PowerBreak Podcast, number 020, titled: “From The Bottom To The Top” – I’m Bob Brubaker along with JT as we hope you will stay tuned as we seek to give you a little power in this break to help you succeed in the race of life.”
- (JT) This is the – PowerBreak Podcast – with a focus on the spiritual, the mental, and the physical aspects – all to help you succeed in the race of life. For show notes from today’s podcast go to bobbrubaker.com and follow the link for the PowerBreak podcast.
- Welcome – Bob and JT – chit chat about life, walk with God, training, etc.
- Bob – “Have you ever felt like you hit rock bottom?”
- JT - (((answer)))
- JT – “When have you felt like you were in the pit?”
- Bob (((answer)))
- Bob – It comes down to a matter looking to come up - from the bottom to the top
- JT --- Let’s talk some more about this as we bring up… WHAT’S NEW – as we open Bob’s recent blog from bobbrubaker.com … Bob, What’s New?
- Presentation and discussion of Bob’s published article, From the Bottom To The Top
- Bob and JT discuss highlights of the PowerBreak blog
- Bob concludes with “The PowerBreak blog is found at bobbrubaker.com”
- JT – What’s happening Bob? Any news we need to know about this week?”…
- Bob (((BOOK PITCH FOR “One Breath From Death”)) & Sermon link on the website.
- JT – “So here we go… in our time for WHAT ABOUT THIS… –– time for some questions and answers. Feel free to submit your questions by EMAIL TO email@example.com and we’ll get to the answer on an upcoming PowerBreak. Podcast…
- Bob – COMMENTS on Q& A.
- JT – Question ONE
“You brought it up in the blog we covered but would you go over again what is meant by LAMENTING and why it’s so important for us?
- A lament can be a defined as a loud cry, a howl, a passionate expression of grief, or a complaint that is made to God.
- A lament is more than sorrow or expressions of sadness and is much more than walking through the stages of grief, although all the above may be found in the lament.
- A lament expresses a belief in God’s mercy, redemption, and recognition of His sovereignty which is the very thing that leads a person to lament because it’s out of trusting that God is good and sovereign that the lament is voiced in a petition to God.
A rule of thumb to follow in deciphering laments in the Bible is to notice four key parts:
1) there is a specific address of God,
2) there are elements of complaint to God,
3) you’ll find a request,
4) and finally a word of trust in the Lord,
- not necessarily in that order.
- LAMENT VS. COMPLAINT
- CONCLUSION: Before you complain – consider a lament…
- (JT) The next question is from a mental standpoint…
“How is lamenting instead of complaining an important part of persevering in the race of life?”
- Bob ----
Complaining leads to stopping through bitterness…
Hebrews 12:15 (ESV) — 15 See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled;
David in Psalm 38
Psalm 38:1–4 (ESV) — 1 O Lord, rebuke me not in your anger, nor discipline me in your wrath! 2 For your arrows have sunk into me, and your hand has come down on me. 3 There is no soundness in my flesh because of your indignation; there is no health in my bones because of my sin. 4 For my iniquities have gone over my head; like a heavy burden, they are too heavy for me.
Psalm 38:8–9 (ESV) — 8 I am feeble and crushed; I groan because of the tumult of my heart. 9 O Lord, all my longing is before you; my sighing is not hidden from you.
Psalm 38:21–22 (ESV) — 21 Do not forsake me, O Lord! O my God, be not far from me! 22 Make haste to help me, O Lord, my salvation!
- (JT) Turning to the physical aspect of life…. Really this is the mental / physical because it’s a desire or need to do physical training BUT (always a but)
BUT you don’t feel motivated so you put it off… What happens when you miss a training session and how can you get the motivation back?
- (BOB) ----
First – you aren’t going to lose your fitness level unless you take off for about thirty days… WITH THE FOLLOWING EXCEPTIONS…
- You didn’t have a fitness level to begin with…
- You have an injury that is making things worse – which you need to work on the healing process before you return to training
- You are sick…
With that said let’s look at returning the motivation and getting back in the race … so to speak
- What was your original motivation to train? – an event, overall fitness, a challenge???
GO BACK TO THE ORIGINAL THING THAT GOT YOU MOVING.
(((needing a race in front of me)))
- Go back to your written goal and if you don’t have one write it out with purpose and feeling… ((weight loss, race, connection, etc.)))
- You have to have a purpose or you won’t overcome through the pain or inconvenience training brings with it.
- Make fun of your excuses….
Here are some…
* I don’t have the time to train
* I don’t feel 100 percent and I am not up to training today.
* I will make it up in tomorrow. One practice won’t make a difference.
* The weather is too cold, rainy or windy.
* I’m too tired and need a day of rest.
* It’s only practice. It’s not a competition.
* I still perform well even though I don’t train as hard as others.
* I have a lot to do today other than training.
* I having a nagging injury and should rest it.
Excuses pull you away from your potential. Excuses become habits and these habits have a profound impact on performance. Excuses, then, become the reason some athletes fall short of achieving their goals.
(((buttermilk in the frig))))
- Closing statement Bob…. “check out today’s show notes at bobbrubaker.com and click on the PowerBreak podcast – today’s show is 020
- JT – Submit your questions by EMAIL to firstname.lastname@example.org and listen for Bob’s answer on an upcoming PowerBreak Podcast
- (((commercial by Bob))) --- Power In The Valley
(((pause for music transition)))
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