Run Your Route

"But Jesus stooped down and with His finger wrote on the ground." --John 8:6

Read: John 8

Question: What do the most gifted, talented football players in the world have in common? Seeing as it's Super Bowl time, I thought I'd ask. Is it their speed? Strength? Endurance? No. It's much simpler actually. They huddle before every play. If they didn't, the receivers wouldn't know where to run, the linemen wouldn't know who to block, and the poor quarterback would be left to scramble for his life. Imagine the chaos, not to mention the penalties. Sure, even though everyone knows the end zone is the ultimate goal, they still have to stop, get their routes and execute.

As Christians, our ultimate prize of Heaven isn't based on our performance. Jesus paid the price and defeated the enemy for us. But our daily walk to victory would be so much more fulfilling, rewarding and effective if we stopped each day to talk and listen to Him. Remember the verse of Him writing in the sand? Try to imagine Him doing that each day for you and me. With a nail-pierced hand, He writes our routes to show us how love wins.

--Jimmy Peña

EXERCISE IN FOCUS: Jump Squat

Our gym-focused Workout of the Week targets your legs and shoulders. One of the most difficult yet beneficial exercises in that routine is the jump squat. This plyometric move recruits fast-twitch muscle fibers in your legs, which are the ones most responsible for explosive strength. Mastering this exercise can help to drastically improve your leg size and shape, strength on other squat-based exercises and boost overall athleticism.

>> VIDEO: Jump Squat

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