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J. T. Hall – Its Not How You Start Its How You Finish

Chris’s lovely wife, Sharon sits in for Dave as we discuss Christian Leadership with J.T. Hall, the best drug-free bench-presser in the world. J.T. discusses motivation, battling COVID, and the role prayer plays in his training.

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J. T. Hall – Its Not How You Start Its How You Finish

Chris’s lovely wife, Sharon sits in for Dave as we discuss Christian Leadership with J.T. Hall, the best drug-free bench-presser in the world. J.T. discusses motivation, battling COVID, and the role prayer plays in his training.

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[lead1212_transcribe]1 00:00:18,351 --> 00:00:20,587 This is Lead 12:12, 2 00:00:20,720 --> 00:00:25,658 a podcast on Christ centered leadership based on Romans 12:12 3 00:00:25,792 --> 00:00:29,863 rejoice in hope, be patient tribulation, the constant and prayer. 4 00:00:30,196 --> 00:00:31,398 Thanks for listening! 5 00:00:31,398 --> 00:00:33,967 Here's Dave and Chris. 6 00:00:34,167 --> 00:00:35,602 Hey, everybody. 7 00:00:35,602 --> 00:00:38,371 Boy, I'm a terrible Dave replacement, aren't I? 8 00:00:38,371 --> 00:00:40,407 I can't hold a candle to that guy. 9 00:00:40,407 --> 00:00:42,342 Dave is not with us today. 10 00:00:42,342 --> 00:00:44,811 I have a stand in for him. I have my lovely wife, Sharon. 11 00:00:44,811 --> 00:00:48,715 Sharon is going to be sitting in for Dave, and I'd like to tell you a little bit 12 00:00:48,715 --> 00:00:49,783 about Sharon. 13 00:00:49,783 --> 00:00:51,851 Sharon is a professional baker. 14 00:00:51,851 --> 00:00:53,620 She's graduated with a culinary degree. 15 00:00:53,620 --> 00:00:55,021 She used to work in I.T., 16 00:00:55,021 --> 00:00:58,591 and she is the mother of twin boys that are now 24 years old. 17 00:00:58,892 --> 00:01:01,027 Everyone, please say hi to Sharon. Hey, Sharon. 18 00:01:01,027 --> 00:01:03,563 Hi, Sharon, tell us a little bit about you. 19 00:01:03,663 --> 00:01:06,499 I know you're married to a wonderful guy, but what else besides that? 20 00:01:06,533 --> 00:01:10,770 I'm very blessed to be married to to my best friend. 21 00:01:10,937 --> 00:01:13,239 Yes. The love of my life. 22 00:01:13,239 --> 00:01:13,673 Thank you. 23 00:01:13,673 --> 00:01:16,776 Yes, I have two amazing boys. Yes. 24 00:01:16,910 --> 00:01:18,912 They are actually young men. They're not really boys. 25 00:01:19,279 --> 00:01:22,415 I have two dogs that are the best dogs in the world. 26 00:01:22,582 --> 00:01:26,352 I agree, and I'm truly blessed to have them. 27 00:01:26,719 --> 00:01:29,489 So I've got one question for you before we get started with J.T.. 28 00:01:29,856 --> 00:01:30,857 And that's just to get you going. 29 00:01:30,857 --> 00:01:32,992 Why won't you let your husband buy you a new phone? 30 00:01:34,561 --> 00:01:34,994 Because 31 00:01:34,994 --> 00:01:39,599 my husband wants to buy me a new phone every time something small happens, 32 00:01:39,966 --> 00:01:41,101 or if I have something 33 00:01:41,101 --> 00:01:42,502 that I can't figure out on my phone, 34 00:01:42,502 --> 00:01:44,671 he just thinks that a new phone is going to fix it. 35 00:01:45,271 --> 00:01:49,142 So I don't think I need a new phone every time that he thinks so. 36 00:01:49,642 --> 00:01:51,311 We'll follow that one up again later. 37 00:01:51,311 --> 00:01:53,346 Okay, let's get started with J.T.. OK. 38 00:01:53,913 --> 00:01:54,747 Ladies and gentlemen, 39 00:01:54,747 --> 00:01:58,651 it is my privilege to introduce someone that I think the world of. 40 00:01:58,785 --> 00:02:01,821 Sometimes we call each other a brother from a different mother. 41 00:02:01,888 --> 00:02:03,923 He is a legend in powerlifting. 42 00:02:03,923 --> 00:02:05,892 He has so many world records. 43 00:02:05,892 --> 00:02:08,661 He is the number one drug free bench presser in the world. 44 00:02:08,695 --> 00:02:10,497 Ladies and gentlemen, JT Hall JT. 45 00:02:10,497 --> 00:02:11,898 Thanks for joining us. 46 00:02:11,898 --> 00:02:16,536 I'm definitely honored to be here talking to my story. 47 00:02:16,536 --> 00:02:18,872 I'm really looking forward to and Chris saying that, you know, 48 00:02:19,172 --> 00:02:22,375 I could do an interview by, Yeah, man, that's awesome. 49 00:02:25,378 --> 00:02:27,447 I've got a quick question for you. 50 00:02:27,480 --> 00:02:29,582 Do you even know how many world records you have? 51 00:02:29,582 --> 00:02:34,687 Because when I look them up, you have all of them how many records. 52 00:02:34,687 --> 00:02:37,891 I have, you know, World, National, City, State, Regional, 53 00:02:38,191 --> 00:02:43,496 you know, I've been out here since 1994, so I really don't know how many I have. 54 00:02:43,763 --> 00:02:46,533 You know, I've never really the goal 55 00:02:47,133 --> 00:02:50,837 to know how many I have, which is really just just having fun 56 00:02:50,837 --> 00:02:53,907 and just getting more people in involved in power lifting. 57 00:02:54,207 --> 00:02:56,042 That's wonderful. Amen. 58 00:02:56,042 --> 00:02:57,510 You know, I remember the first time you and 59 00:02:57,510 --> 00:02:59,512 I worked out together, you were training me 60 00:02:59,512 --> 00:03:01,447 and we would do a set and say a Bible verse. 61 00:03:01,447 --> 00:03:02,882 And after a while I started thinking, Man, 62 00:03:02,882 --> 00:03:04,551 I need to start learning more Bible verses. 63 00:03:07,887 --> 00:03:08,888 That's awesome. 64 00:03:08,888 --> 00:03:12,625 So JT, could you tell me what your salvation story is? 65 00:03:12,892 --> 00:03:17,330 Yeah, so so it's when, when you think about first person 66 00:03:17,330 --> 00:03:21,868 to talk about what was salvation is, you know, salvation is being SAVED. 67 00:03:21,868 --> 00:03:26,439 You know, you walk away from in you walk away from not serving the devil 68 00:03:26,706 --> 00:03:29,175 you walk towards serving Jesus Christ. 69 00:03:29,475 --> 00:03:33,346 So how did I get saved it started way back in elementary school? 70 00:03:33,746 --> 00:03:35,048 Wow, amazing. 71 00:03:35,048 --> 00:03:39,919 Capital City Church in God is Christ in Springbrook, Illinois. 72 00:03:40,186 --> 00:03:43,089 And that's how I got saved, even though I mean 73 00:03:43,089 --> 00:03:46,326 going to church all my life but actually got saved. 74 00:03:46,559 --> 00:03:49,662 It was like I was in Captial City Church of God, in Christ, in the ministers. 75 00:03:49,963 --> 00:03:51,798 They called all the keys of the church. 76 00:03:51,798 --> 00:03:52,865 You know, it's like, you know, 77 00:03:52,865 --> 00:03:56,569 we all want to get you saved one day for everyone to say yes. 78 00:03:56,569 --> 00:04:01,241 And then, you know, we said a confession about being saved. 79 00:04:01,241 --> 00:04:04,444 And that's that's how I saved so that's my salvation. 80 00:04:05,011 --> 00:04:06,112 How old were you then? 81 00:04:06,112 --> 00:04:09,649 I was in elementary school, so maybe around eight or nine? 82 00:04:09,749 --> 00:04:11,751 Wow, that's great. 83 00:04:11,751 --> 00:04:13,653 I've been going to church all my life. 84 00:04:13,653 --> 00:04:14,988 It was never Hey. 85 00:04:14,988 --> 00:04:17,690 I mean, I mean, we had to go. It was. 86 00:04:18,224 --> 00:04:22,061 It was a lifestyle, but it was never forced and never had to participate. 87 00:04:22,095 --> 00:04:24,364 A lot of different events in the church. 88 00:04:24,364 --> 00:04:26,799 Our parents wanted us to be on our own. 89 00:04:26,833 --> 00:04:28,067 He was a wonderful 90 00:04:29,235 --> 00:04:31,471 church, so it wasn't forced, but was 91 00:04:31,638 --> 00:04:35,241 it was fun to go to church and still go to church. 92 00:04:35,508 --> 00:04:39,646 Now, you know, I'm usher and I'm also part of the Security team. 93 00:04:39,712 --> 00:04:40,747 Wonderful. 94 00:04:40,747 --> 00:04:44,484 So you probably are the whole security team, so they're 95 00:04:45,652 --> 00:04:47,420 blessed to have you on the security team. 96 00:04:47,420 --> 00:04:48,187 Yeah. 97 00:04:48,688 --> 00:04:51,958 So here's a question I'm going to ask you that I've got a little background with, 98 00:04:52,125 --> 00:04:53,126 especially with you. 99 00:04:53,126 --> 00:04:55,528 What is your approach to motivating someone 100 00:04:56,663 --> 00:04:57,964 to motivate someone? 101 00:04:57,964 --> 00:05:00,466 Some people might think that might be a challenge. 102 00:05:00,600 --> 00:05:04,270 I don't think it really is a challenge to motivate someone. 103 00:05:04,470 --> 00:05:08,174 I think you start by, you know, by asking them, you know, exactly 104 00:05:08,174 --> 00:05:12,712 what do they need, whether it's training, whether it is a school work 105 00:05:12,712 --> 00:05:18,251 or whether its finances is playing just find out whats on their mind. 106 00:05:18,251 --> 00:05:22,488 Then once once you know that you are all right, I'm going to trust you. 107 00:05:22,855 --> 00:05:25,792 And then we have more conversation, you know, tell them, 108 00:05:25,792 --> 00:05:28,728 you know, and they're, you know, you can do or don't give up. 109 00:05:28,961 --> 00:05:30,330 You just keep pushing. 110 00:05:30,330 --> 00:05:32,365 You just keep fighting with the parting ways. 111 00:05:32,365 --> 00:05:33,666 You just find out what. 112 00:05:33,666 --> 00:05:36,502 Do they want to achieve what do they want to do? 113 00:05:36,736 --> 00:05:40,239 And once you know that and then you move into that positive direction 114 00:05:40,239 --> 00:05:43,609 with positive words, positive reinforcement. 115 00:05:43,876 --> 00:05:46,713 I have seen you do that with Chris whenever you were training him. 116 00:05:46,746 --> 00:05:49,082 That's beautiful. Oh, I remember one. 117 00:05:49,182 --> 00:05:51,250 Everything was twice as heavy as it should be, 118 00:05:51,250 --> 00:05:53,219 and I was just having a bad day in the gym 119 00:05:53,219 --> 00:05:56,956 and I was walking around with my head down and I think from my tail between my legs 120 00:05:56,956 --> 00:05:59,592 and you said , Hey, you can't be Superman every day. 121 00:05:59,892 --> 00:06:02,395 And I thought, Wow, that is really motivating. 122 00:06:04,297 --> 00:06:05,498 It's good to know 123 00:06:05,498 --> 00:06:08,368 we're going to have bad days, but we're going to have good days. 124 00:06:09,235 --> 00:06:11,704 We just got to keep pushing forward because if you 125 00:06:11,938 --> 00:06:14,807 if you give up, you're won't achieve your goals. 126 00:06:14,807 --> 00:06:18,978 So you aiming for like I say, Rome wasn't built in a day. 127 00:06:18,978 --> 00:06:21,280 You just got to just keep fighting. 128 00:06:21,714 --> 00:06:27,453 The way that you were pushing Chris and cheering for him was just awesome. 129 00:06:27,487 --> 00:06:28,287 Whenever I was there 130 00:06:28,287 --> 00:06:31,491 watching you, training him out and he would have me on the sled 131 00:06:31,491 --> 00:06:34,060 and I would be ready to fall over and he'll be screaming. 132 00:06:34,060 --> 00:06:38,264 The beast is back and like, Oh, I got, I'm motivated, I got to go! 133 00:06:38,264 --> 00:06:40,233 Definitely! Definitely. 134 00:06:40,233 --> 00:06:46,439 The training is so exhausting and you just got keep pushing. 135 00:06:46,439 --> 00:06:49,409 The person wants to get the best out of them. 136 00:06:49,542 --> 00:06:50,610 Amen. 137 00:06:50,877 --> 00:06:52,979 So I have another question What is your goal 138 00:06:52,979 --> 00:06:56,282 when training someone and what steps do you take to achieve that 139 00:06:56,783 --> 00:07:00,820 goal, when I training someone is to, you know, what they want 140 00:07:01,421 --> 00:07:05,758 because everybody have different goals like some people might want to be involved 141 00:07:05,758 --> 00:07:11,197 in competing someone just basically might want to just get stronger. 142 00:07:11,431 --> 00:07:14,033 Someone might just want to improve their health. 143 00:07:14,300 --> 00:07:18,104 Their clients, you know, they are elderly, you know, in their seventies. 144 00:07:18,337 --> 00:07:20,706 So it's a lot more of a functional training. So. 145 00:07:20,706 --> 00:07:23,075 So we carry over in their life. 146 00:07:23,109 --> 00:07:26,446 So once I know what they they want something 147 00:07:26,446 --> 00:07:29,715 I said they're training for that specific type of activity. 148 00:07:29,715 --> 00:07:33,686 Like, for example, Chris, he wanted to compete in the bench press. 149 00:07:34,053 --> 00:07:35,321 What are we going to compete and bench 150 00:07:35,321 --> 00:07:39,492 well then the train is going to be very, very demanding and very hard. 151 00:07:39,592 --> 00:07:40,426 And it was 152 00:07:41,494 --> 00:07:44,063 to a point where sometimes you might faint. 153 00:07:44,063 --> 00:07:45,865 Every day. You might vomit. 154 00:07:45,865 --> 00:07:50,203 But it's very, very over on the platform, so you are prepared. 155 00:07:50,470 --> 00:07:53,105 So that's that's how I do it. That's great. 156 00:07:53,139 --> 00:07:54,640 That's wonderful. 157 00:07:54,640 --> 00:07:58,544 So here's a question how important is prayer in your training 158 00:07:58,544 --> 00:08:01,647 so when, when you think about prayer and prayer 159 00:08:01,647 --> 00:08:06,419 is, I look at a direct link to talking to the Father. 160 00:08:06,652 --> 00:08:09,822 So in training, you have the physical training, 161 00:08:09,822 --> 00:08:13,226 which is the weightlifting, and you have the nutrition 162 00:08:13,726 --> 00:08:17,163 which help feed your body and then you have this spiritual training. 163 00:08:17,463 --> 00:08:20,833 So by praying you can, you can talk to the Father 164 00:08:21,000 --> 00:08:23,769 and you can ask, what things because the Bible is very clear. 165 00:08:23,769 --> 00:08:26,906 Yes, if you ask in My name, you shall have it. 166 00:08:26,973 --> 00:08:31,477 And so when I train, you know, I want it to be a top drug free lifter. 167 00:08:31,711 --> 00:08:36,048 So I'll every day always pray to God, you know, give me strength 168 00:08:36,048 --> 00:08:39,752 so I can be a top drug free lifter so I don't have to use steroids. 169 00:08:39,752 --> 00:08:40,720 Again, . I don't. 170 00:08:40,720 --> 00:08:41,521 I don't judge 171 00:08:41,521 --> 00:08:45,691 nobody if they want to use their voice, and it is all about free will. 172 00:08:45,691 --> 00:08:47,460 But I didn't want to go there. Yes. 173 00:08:47,460 --> 00:08:50,463 So I knew I had to get a more strength. 174 00:08:50,897 --> 00:08:54,000 In Phillipians 4:13 it says I can do all things in Christ who stregnthens you. 175 00:08:55,067 --> 00:08:58,271 When you think you have more strength, 176 00:08:58,271 --> 00:09:00,940 and that's a spiritual strength to help take my train to the next level 177 00:09:01,173 --> 00:09:05,344 because in powerlifting, you know, so back, you know, people who use steroids. 178 00:09:05,344 --> 00:09:07,246 But yeah, I don't judge them. 179 00:09:07,246 --> 00:09:12,084 Yes, I want to be drug free, so I look for other ways to get stronger. 180 00:09:12,184 --> 00:09:15,855 So when you take a spiritual training, like in your physical training, 181 00:09:16,188 --> 00:09:17,990 you take in your nutritional training, 182 00:09:17,990 --> 00:09:21,294 all three of those together help take it to the next level. 183 00:09:21,694 --> 00:09:24,764 Amen. So JT, how do you handle conflict? 184 00:09:24,931 --> 00:09:27,934 You know, conflict is always going to be around. 185 00:09:28,301 --> 00:09:29,669 There's always going to be conflict. 186 00:09:29,669 --> 00:09:32,838 Yes, I mean, I've got kids. 187 00:09:32,838 --> 00:09:35,975 Amen! Its 188 00:09:37,810 --> 00:09:38,978 dealing with 189 00:09:39,979 --> 00:09:41,714 different issues that you get 190 00:09:41,714 --> 00:09:45,117 a lot of family members, you know, you got to deal with that. Yes. 191 00:09:45,151 --> 00:09:50,022 I mean, at work, how I deal with it is just is by being patient 192 00:09:50,456 --> 00:09:54,860 and by praying and just by taking one day at a time. 193 00:09:55,061 --> 00:09:57,730 And just don't let it overwhelm me that 194 00:09:57,997 --> 00:10:01,067 I get so stress out that I can't focus. 195 00:10:01,300 --> 00:10:04,971 So that's that's how I deal with it just by praying. 196 00:10:05,237 --> 00:10:07,440 And that reduces the stress. 197 00:10:07,440 --> 00:10:13,212 And by praying the Father can give you different ways how to handle this problem 198 00:10:13,212 --> 00:10:17,416 because if I act on impulse the first time something happens. 199 00:10:17,450 --> 00:10:19,185 You know, you might do something stupid. 200 00:10:19,185 --> 00:10:20,920 Maybe you might regret it later. 201 00:10:20,920 --> 00:10:23,456 And just by praying, just by thinking, 202 00:10:23,889 --> 00:10:27,727 the correct answers, will come to you in how to deal with their conflicts. 203 00:10:28,060 --> 00:10:30,229 You know, like I said, we are always going to deal with conflict. 204 00:10:31,297 --> 00:10:32,798 The Bible is clear. 205 00:10:32,798 --> 00:10:35,701 You know, we have an enemy that walks around this world 206 00:10:35,701 --> 00:10:39,805 looking for people who to destroy and make chaos in your life. 207 00:10:40,640 --> 00:10:41,574 There is always going to e problems. 208 00:10:41,574 --> 00:10:43,042 Absolutely. 209 00:10:43,042 --> 00:10:46,245 By talking, talking to the Father it will help give the answers, 210 00:10:46,412 --> 00:10:50,549 you know, reduce stress, and how to handle those problems. 211 00:10:50,883 --> 00:10:52,952 Very good. That is so true. 212 00:10:52,952 --> 00:10:55,321 So I've got one of my favorite stories that I want you to tell. 213 00:10:55,321 --> 00:10:58,891 Tell us about the time you were in a competition 214 00:10:58,891 --> 00:11:00,926 and you had a bench shirt rip. 215 00:11:00,926 --> 00:11:02,962 Oh, let me think. 216 00:11:02,995 --> 00:11:05,431 That's got to be one of the scariest things that can happen to a power lifter! 217 00:11:06,866 --> 00:11:11,203 Yes. So this probably happened maybe about 15 years ago. 218 00:11:11,470 --> 00:11:14,040 It was at a NASA state meet. 219 00:11:14,040 --> 00:11:16,142 And in powerlifting, you have different time 220 00:11:16,142 --> 00:11:18,944 with bench shirts that you can you can bench press with. 221 00:11:18,944 --> 00:11:20,546 You can use a poly shirt. 222 00:11:20,546 --> 00:11:23,516 Or you can use a canvas shirt, or you can use denim. 223 00:11:23,849 --> 00:11:28,821 So I started out using the poly shirt and I wanted to switch to a denim shirt. 224 00:11:28,988 --> 00:11:30,523 This is about 15 years ago. 225 00:11:30,523 --> 00:11:33,826 I think it was maybe 540lbs or 550lbs on 226 00:11:35,294 --> 00:11:38,230 the bench and also the bench would have what is called 227 00:11:38,564 --> 00:11:40,332 the bench press safety rack. 228 00:11:40,332 --> 00:11:41,300 So if something is going to happen, 229 00:11:41,300 --> 00:11:45,871 the bar will drop basically right above your chest, 230 00:11:46,172 --> 00:11:49,375 so the bar won't slam on your head or your chest. 231 00:11:49,375 --> 00:11:52,745 So I was lowering the weight down, and next thing you know, 232 00:11:53,713 --> 00:11:56,282 the denim split right down my chest! 233 00:11:56,582 --> 00:11:57,383 Oh, no! 234 00:11:57,383 --> 00:12:00,419 It sounded like someone 235 00:12:00,419 --> 00:12:04,490 had shot you or someone had shot, it scared me. 236 00:12:04,757 --> 00:12:08,360 And that's two spotters on the end and they grab the weight. 237 00:12:08,561 --> 00:12:12,898 But also they have the bench press safety racks, so when the bars slam down 238 00:12:13,232 --> 00:12:15,367 the bench press safety racks grabbed the weight, 239 00:12:15,601 --> 00:12:18,337 so it wouldn't drop down on my chest and hurt me. Wow. 240 00:12:18,504 --> 00:12:22,608 It is scary because oh yeah, loud and the shirt is really tight. 241 00:12:22,808 --> 00:12:24,410 So you try to lower and 242 00:12:25,411 --> 00:12:27,146 to pull it down. 243 00:12:27,146 --> 00:12:28,681 And the shirt just split! Well, 244 00:12:29,081 --> 00:12:30,716 that had to be scary. 245 00:12:30,716 --> 00:12:31,884 Yeah, it is. 246 00:12:31,884 --> 00:12:35,721 Because, you know, you got the 540lbs, 550lbs weight 247 00:12:35,721 --> 00:12:37,790 to try to bring it down and the shirt just splits. 248 00:12:37,790 --> 00:12:40,626 So it split the weight just easily drop. 249 00:12:40,659 --> 00:12:41,794 Oh yeah. 250 00:12:42,361 --> 00:12:44,597 So they got the bench press safety racks. 251 00:12:44,897 --> 00:12:46,398 But it still really scary you. 252 00:12:46,398 --> 00:12:50,302 It's a very loud noise and you just don't have control of the weight 253 00:12:50,302 --> 00:12:50,970 But its an experience I'll never forget. 254 00:12:50,970 --> 00:12:51,003 After that, 255 00:12:53,639 --> 00:12:57,143 I switched to a poly shirt 256 00:12:57,143 --> 00:12:59,245 from now I've never had a poly split so 257 00:13:00,579 --> 00:13:02,314 I could just imagine a bang. 258 00:13:02,314 --> 00:13:06,018 And then 550lbs going flying down at me was out of control. 259 00:13:06,485 --> 00:13:07,753 You know, if I'm not mistaken, 260 00:13:07,753 --> 00:13:10,456 I think you talked me out of using denim to for that reason. 261 00:13:11,257 --> 00:13:13,592 Yeah, they can split. 262 00:13:13,759 --> 00:13:18,097 They just don't give like the poly shirts, the poly shirts will stretch, 263 00:13:18,097 --> 00:13:19,865 they'll give, so those denim. 264 00:13:19,865 --> 00:13:22,368 just don't give, they just split. 265 00:13:22,368 --> 00:13:26,138 So I after that, I never use a denim shirt. 266 00:13:26,138 --> 00:13:27,640 That did you in? 267 00:13:27,640 --> 00:13:28,541 Do what now? 268 00:13:28,541 --> 00:13:29,575 That did you in. 269 00:13:29,575 --> 00:13:31,577 You would finish with those. 270 00:13:31,577 --> 00:13:32,678 Yes, some people use them. 271 00:13:32,678 --> 00:13:37,316 They used more of a double and triple ply denims it is a lot more thicker material. 272 00:13:37,316 --> 00:13:40,786 And it there's a split and it can handle the stress. 273 00:13:41,187 --> 00:13:44,690 But then you gotta use so much more weight to get the weight to touch. 274 00:13:44,690 --> 00:13:47,326 And I just don't want to go that way, so 275 00:13:47,860 --> 00:13:51,764 stick to the poly shirts. 276 00:13:51,764 --> 00:13:56,902 So what is the most important nuts and bolts life lessons that you could give us? 277 00:13:57,069 --> 00:14:01,740 I think this idea of not not just you all, but just to anybody. 278 00:14:01,907 --> 00:14:05,644 I have a favorite saying, I've been saying this may be well over 20 years. 279 00:14:05,644 --> 00:14:08,547 This is one of my favorite saying something probably heard of it. 280 00:14:08,981 --> 00:14:11,283 My favorite saying this is not how you start. 281 00:14:11,283 --> 00:14:14,820 It's how you finish. 282 00:14:14,820 --> 00:14:18,891 Yes, because you know, in life, a lot of people can start things, 283 00:14:18,991 --> 00:14:22,862 you know, well, you can start work or you just start a career 284 00:14:22,862 --> 00:14:26,565 or you can start going to college or you just start doing some tests. 285 00:14:26,565 --> 00:14:27,666 That's very easy. 286 00:14:27,666 --> 00:14:30,402 Is very easy to start something. 287 00:14:30,402 --> 00:14:30,970 So can you a 288 00:14:30,970 --> 00:14:34,707 bachelor's degree master's or a doctorate, it's very easy to start trying. 289 00:14:34,740 --> 00:14:36,175 Can you use finish? 290 00:14:36,175 --> 00:14:39,411 That's the end game. Absolutely. 291 00:14:39,745 --> 00:14:42,014 So can you finish getting this doctorate? 292 00:14:42,314 --> 00:14:46,986 Can you establish a career and finish this career and retire? 293 00:14:46,986 --> 00:14:48,787 So, so that's my favorite saying. 294 00:14:48,787 --> 00:14:50,689 It's not how you start. It's how you finish. 295 00:14:50,689 --> 00:14:52,625 I say Rome wasn't built in a day. 296 00:14:52,625 --> 00:14:54,093 Yeah, it's going to take time. 297 00:14:54,093 --> 00:14:57,162 So you got to be patient and you just got to finish that race. 298 00:14:57,162 --> 00:15:01,233 So that's that's my favorite saying is, you know, is this not how you start. 299 00:15:01,233 --> 00:15:03,636 It's how you finish. Absolutely. 300 00:15:04,069 --> 00:15:08,007 It is, because sometimes it's difficult or it gets stressful. 301 00:15:08,007 --> 00:15:10,109 It is easy just just to quit. 302 00:15:10,142 --> 00:15:12,378 No, no, you don't quit. 303 00:15:12,378 --> 00:15:15,147 You finish what you started something that we teach our daughter, 304 00:15:15,180 --> 00:15:16,248 you know, you started this. 305 00:15:16,248 --> 00:15:18,450 So you should finish. Absolutely. 306 00:15:18,550 --> 00:15:21,921 Just recently quit being you going to be a quitter later 307 00:15:21,921 --> 00:15:25,491 on in life when you started as a career, we give you our Oh, I quit. 308 00:15:25,491 --> 00:15:27,526 I just quit my job. No! Start something. 309 00:15:27,526 --> 00:15:28,127 Finish it. 310 00:15:28,127 --> 00:15:29,128 Hey, man, that's wonderful. 311 00:15:29,128 --> 00:15:32,431 J.T., I know you're a busy man and you have a lot of commitments 312 00:15:32,431 --> 00:15:33,699 and we appreciate you taking. 313 00:15:33,699 --> 00:15:36,101 But I've got one last question for you. 314 00:15:36,101 --> 00:15:37,269 I got time 315 00:15:38,504 --> 00:15:39,471 to hear it. 316 00:15:39,471 --> 00:15:41,874 What is your biggest praise for God? 317 00:15:42,007 --> 00:15:46,111 So my biggest praise is what happened on September the 27th. 318 00:15:46,312 --> 00:15:50,582 I mean, we all got a lot of praise, but this one just stay with me for a life 319 00:15:50,582 --> 00:15:54,753 on September 27th, couple more days before that, I had tested positive 320 00:15:54,753 --> 00:15:56,622 for a COVID Yes. Yeah. 321 00:15:56,622 --> 00:15:58,390 And it just it just got worse. 322 00:15:58,390 --> 00:16:00,693 It got worse and it got worse. 323 00:16:00,693 --> 00:16:03,762 So September 27th, my wife called the ambulance 324 00:16:03,762 --> 00:16:05,798 and I had to go to the hospital. 325 00:16:05,798 --> 00:16:08,901 So I made it into the IC unit. 326 00:16:09,268 --> 00:16:13,038 So even before I got into the ICU unit, my confession 327 00:16:13,072 --> 00:16:16,141 was that I'm going to live I'm not going to die. 328 00:16:16,475 --> 00:16:17,977 I want to get out of this hospital. 329 00:16:17,977 --> 00:16:21,280 By Jesus Christ, I am healed. 330 00:16:21,280 --> 00:16:22,381 It might take me a couple of days. 331 00:16:22,381 --> 00:16:26,518 It might take me a week or two, but I'm walking out this smelling like roses. 332 00:16:26,518 --> 00:16:28,721 I am going to be fine. 333 00:16:28,721 --> 00:16:33,459 So is this all about what you say is what you will have. 334 00:16:33,459 --> 00:16:35,561 And this was my confession every single day. 335 00:16:35,561 --> 00:16:36,495 I'm going to live. 336 00:16:36,495 --> 00:16:37,563 I'm not going to die. 337 00:16:37,563 --> 00:16:40,499 By Jesus Christ, I am healed. 338 00:16:40,532 --> 00:16:43,435 So that's my praise. That's my confession. 339 00:16:43,469 --> 00:16:45,337 Whatever you say, you shall have. 340 00:16:45,337 --> 00:16:49,041 Again, having COVID and being very sick is scary! Yes. 341 00:16:49,341 --> 00:16:52,177 I mean, we're human so we have emotions. 342 00:16:52,611 --> 00:16:55,047 But every day I was praying. 343 00:16:55,481 --> 00:16:59,585 I was talking to the Lord like, you know, I'm going to get out of this. 344 00:17:00,019 --> 00:17:02,488 And everything worked out great. 345 00:17:02,488 --> 00:17:06,458 I mean, the doctors say, you know, this is a miracle this a lot of people 346 00:17:06,492 --> 00:17:10,629 now have severe pneumonia in their lungs, end up on a ventilator. Yes. 347 00:17:10,662 --> 00:17:11,397 But he said, 348 00:17:11,397 --> 00:17:15,601 because I was such in great shape, I exercised my my lungs was so, so strong. 349 00:17:16,101 --> 00:17:19,738 I didn't have to get on a plus with the medications they really help. 350 00:17:19,738 --> 00:17:22,841 But also the X Factor was just my confessions. 351 00:17:23,442 --> 00:17:26,445 Yes, ipraying and talking o different ministers on the phone. 352 00:17:26,512 --> 00:17:29,415 Yes, I have hundreds of people praying for me. Yes, you do. 353 00:17:29,415 --> 00:17:33,052 And I think that was an X Factor that helped get me healed. 354 00:17:33,685 --> 00:17:35,287 When you were such an inspiration, 355 00:17:35,287 --> 00:17:38,624 I can remember getting on Facebook and seeing you in the hospital 356 00:17:38,624 --> 00:17:40,492 and working out while you were in the hospital. 357 00:17:40,492 --> 00:17:42,361 I was like, Oh my goodness, wow. 358 00:17:42,361 --> 00:17:43,862 He is amazing. 359 00:17:45,364 --> 00:17:46,165 Yeah, yeah, yeah, 360 00:17:46,165 --> 00:17:49,401 because I was starting to feel good and I miss exercise. 361 00:17:49,401 --> 00:17:52,738 So, so so I got up and I started doing 362 00:17:53,705 --> 00:17:56,075 presses of the bed and doing squats. 363 00:17:56,075 --> 00:17:57,109 And, you know, it's like, you know, 364 00:17:57,109 --> 00:18:00,245 I got to get up and keep moving because of a body in motion 365 00:18:00,245 --> 00:18:03,282 will stay in motion, which is just laying in bed. 366 00:18:03,949 --> 00:18:06,051 You lose strength, you lose condition. 367 00:18:06,051 --> 00:18:06,952 You lose, stamina. 368 00:18:06,952 --> 00:18:10,189 So I just had to get up, but I had a rude awakening. 369 00:18:10,189 --> 00:18:15,127 Once I came home, I truly knew how bad shape I was 370 00:18:15,127 --> 00:18:19,331 in,you know, you know how I say because I remember I gave up, I struggled. 371 00:18:19,465 --> 00:18:20,899 I couldn't walk up the stairs. 372 00:18:20,899 --> 00:18:22,101 Oh my, oh my gosh. 373 00:18:22,101 --> 00:18:23,669 Yeah, I can 374 00:18:24,136 --> 00:18:26,238 barely do ten pushups. 375 00:18:26,238 --> 00:18:27,573 So it was it actually. 376 00:18:27,573 --> 00:18:30,142 It took some time. I knew it was easy just to quit. 377 00:18:30,142 --> 00:18:32,377 But like I say, that's my favorite saying, its' not how you start. 378 00:18:32,377 --> 00:18:33,779 It is how you finished. 379 00:18:33,779 --> 00:18:36,682 Absolutely zero stamina. My condition was terrible. 380 00:18:36,715 --> 00:18:37,416 My strength was terrible. 381 00:18:37,416 --> 00:18:39,418 I was like, Hey, I'm going to finish this I'm 382 00:18:39,418 --> 00:18:43,055 going to fight every single day, every day I did pushups. 383 00:18:43,388 --> 00:18:45,791 It's not how you start, it's how you finish. 384 00:18:46,391 --> 00:18:48,260 Absolutely. J. T., 385 00:18:49,428 --> 00:18:50,362 thank you so much. 386 00:18:50,362 --> 00:18:53,265 You're an inspiration. You are truly a wonderful role model. 387 00:18:53,265 --> 00:18:55,534 I love you, brother. I can't thank you enough for this. 388 00:18:55,834 --> 00:18:56,935 Thank you, joy. 389 00:18:56,935 --> 00:19:00,139 And hopefully we can do it again in the near future. 390 00:19:00,172 --> 00:19:02,708 Like I say, I give praise to to God. Amen. 391 00:19:02,841 --> 00:19:04,376 All right, thanks. Thanks a lot. 392 00:19:04,376 --> 00:19:05,277 God bless. 393 00:19:05,277 --> 00:19:05,811 Bless. 394 00:19:08,313 --> 00:19:11,583 This is an LBS production which stands for pounds. 395 00:19:11,583 --> 00:19:12,885 I don't know if you knew that or not, 396 00:19:12,885 --> 00:19:16,555 but it also stands for laughing because we're saved. 397 00:19:16,755 --> 00:19:20,192 But we kind of like the pounds, so Chris will lift them 398 00:19:20,192 --> 00:19:23,262 and I will gain them and we will have a great time. 399 00:19:23,262 --> 00:19:24,029 Thanks for listening. [/lead1212_transcribe]

Chris’s lovely wife, Sharon sits in for Dave as we discuss Christian Leadership with J.T. Hall, the best drug-free bench-presser in the world. J.T. discusses motivation, battling COVID, and the role prayer plays in his training.

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