THE SCENE: WHAT? I thought there was supposed to be a THUNDERSTORM!?!?! It’s super nice! 60 and no rain!
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER: Administered
Abe Vigoda x 8 IC
Moroccan Nightclub x 8 IC
Mosey to the ducks, Carolina Dry Dock x 10 OYO
Mosey to the flag, Heels 2 Heaven x 15 IC
Fast mosey to the ducks (75%), Merkin x 10 OYO
Fast mosey to the flag (75%), Flutter Kick x 15 IC
Sprint to the ducks, Burpees x 5 OYO
Mosey to the big parking lot. Partner up
(Hat tip, Archie!) Pairs spread out across 6 stations. At each station there is a “stationary” exercise and a “move” exercise. First partner does the “stationary” exercise until the second partner does the “move” exercise to the cone and back.
Two minutes each station. 30-second recovery and rotate.
Station 1: Bear crawl / Flutter kick
Station 2: Sprint / Carolina Dry Dock
Station 3: Broad Jump / Heels 2 Heaven
Station 4: Sprint / Burpee
Station 5: Lunge / Merkin
Station 6: Sprint / Mountain Climber
Performed 9 sets.
(Hat tip, Spotter!) Each person names an exercise and leads 10 reps. Rotate around x 5 exercises.
Hold plank. I passed out 12 pieces of paper – each containing a quote from a previous Q at JUCO. One quote is read aloud. 3 merkins. Next quote is read…3 Merkins. Repeat until finished.
COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
17 strong (+6 Rushers for the CoT)
CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
During Mary, I passed out pieces of paper and asked for them to be read aloud (while we plank and Merkin). On each paper was a quote from a previous Q at JUCO.
- “When you do wrong by someone, you HAVE TO MAKE IT RIGHT”. – Commission
- “The process of calling people out by name is BOLD, and it’s powerful to encourage. We have been called to boldly pray for one another”. – Guardrail
- “Being thankful is about the mindset of being conscious of what we have and what surrounds us and giving thanks for that as opposed to comparing our lives to others and striving to acquire more and more material objects”. – Mandolin
- “Let’s strive to be passionate about all that we do. To push ourselves to the next level physically, spiritually, and mentally”. – Spotter
- “I come here for the fist bumps”. – Finger Food
- “What kind of leader are you? Do you go home after a long day and expect to be served? Or are you serving? – Judge Judy
- “We commit time and discipline to strengthening our physical bodies. How are we strengthening our spirits for the battles we are in?” – Snaggletooth
- “Put others before yourself and be part of the solution”. – Erector
- “We should strive to love others like God loves us”. – Booster
- “To be fighters, we not only have to be physically ready, but mentally as well”. – Sargent Slaughter
- “I need to set my mind on staying faithful to God’s will and not on my own comfort”. – Archie
- “You’re here to bear your own load and carry other HIM’s burdens when they can’t, and you let them when you can’t”. – Pool Boy
T-claps for my good friend, Archie, who nagged me about F3 until I finally showed up 8 months ago! I loved it from Day 1 and have been to almost 100 workouts since! I love it because it is so much more than a workout (Hat tip, Finger Food).
A few days ago, Waxjob reminded us that F3 has a mission – “to plant, grow and serve small workout groups for men for the invigoration of male community leadership”. Men, this is not just about doing merkins and burpees in the dark – it is about the invigoration of men in our area. The pump you get from a workout doesn’t last more than a few hours. Real, life-changing, long-lasting invigoration grows out of these last 5 minutes of our time together (CoT) – when we share wisdom and pray for one-another.
This group is about energizing and revitalizing the man to your left and right (not us, but Christ working in us). We are about challenging each other and holding each other accountable to a very high standard. We are about being vulnerable with our own faults and failures, in order to promote growth in others. We are about pouring into each other’s lives – encouraging one another and allowing yourself to be encouraged, so that we all get better together. We are about sharing wisdom, a treasure far more precious than rubies (Proverbs 3:15), with each other.
Two thoughts about sharing wisdom during the CoT
#1: Scripture says if you prize wisdom, she will make you great, she will honor you (Proverbs 4:8), add years to your life (Proverbs 9:11) and will bring you strength (Ecclesiastes 7:19) and success (Ecclesiastes 10:10). I think you can expect those returns, only IF YOU ARE APPLYING WHAT YOU HEAR (James 1:22).
Men, what if you were applying the wisdom that we read during our Mary (words that YOU have spoken to this group over the past few weeks)? What if you selflessly served your loved ones (Judge’s Word), cultivated contentment in your life (Mandolin’s Word), sincerely apologized when you wronged others (Commission’s Word), subjugated your comfort to God’s will (Archie’s Word), prayed for your F3 brothers (Guardrail’s Word), loved others like God loves us (Booster’s Word)… OH, WHAT A MAN YOU WOULD BE!!! You would certainly be a High-Impact Man, if you APPLIED what you hear.
#2: If wisdom will make you great, honored, strong, successful – that sounds like the antidote to a meaningless life. If you have wisdom to share but you’re keeping it to yourself – man, what’s up with that? Do you have a word of encouragement for us? SHARE IT, because we struggle against discouragement every day. Do you have a word that will cut us deeply and expose the innermost thoughts and intentions of our hearts (Hebrews 4:12)? If you lack the courage to speak that word of rebuke, you have stolen peace and joy from us. If, however, you hearten yourself to speak those uncomfortable words with truth and love, Christ may just use you to rescue your brother from his life of self-centeredness and meaninglessness. OH, WHAT A MAN YOU WOULD BE!!!
Wisdom – APPLY it, SHARE it.
This Q was a tribute to some of my favorite men on earth.
Hat tips to Archie and Spotter for the workout ideas.
Hat tips galore to those who provided inspiration for the Word; Waxjob, 5K, Archie, Spotter, Mandolin, Finger Food, Commission, Pool Boy, Erector, Snaggletooth, Sargent Slaughter, Guardrail, Booster, Judge Judy.
A note about wisdom… Not every sweet platitude written in script on a shabby chic board in Hobby Lobby is wisdom. Not every word spoken by someone famous is worth repeating. “Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him” (Proverbs 26:12). If you bring “wisdom” that you heard from Oprah to a BOM and it falls flat, don’t be surprised. It is the Word of God which will cut like a sword (Hebrews 4:12) and which never returns void (Isaiah 55:11). No such promises if your inspiration is another source.
Rotate (Finger Food’s new favorite song), Rak-Su
Smack Down, Thousand Foot Crutch
Can’t Be Moved, Jeremy Camp
Fire it Up, Thousand Foot Crutch
Purpose for Pain, Scott Stapp
Lifeline, Thousand Foot Crutch
Feel Invincible, Skillet
Move, Thousand Foot Crutch
Move, Toby Mac
The Resistance, Skillet
Final Countdown, Europe
Freedom yell, Mel Gibson
Prayers for Mailbox’s wife’s health, Mandolin’s wife’s job, Pool-Boy’s divorce hearing tomorrow, Fast-N-Easy’s family, Judge’s mentoring opportunity, WaxJob’s family