THE SCENE: Foggy, temps in high 60’s.
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER
20 Side Straddle Hops, 10 Jump Squats, Around the World Each Hand, 10 Cherry Pickers, 10 Windmills, Michael Phelps
Mosey to Southern Ball Fields Parking Lot. We will circle the parking lot twice, stopping at each cone to perform exercise and moving to the next cone by the method designated on the cone:
- Cone 1: 20 Bobby Hurleys. Butt Kick to Cone 2.
- Cone 2: 20 Hello Dollies (4 ct). Sprint to Cone 3
- Cone 3: 20 Iron Mikes (both legs = 1). Bear Crawl to Cone 4.
- Cone 4: 20 Merkins. Bernie to Cone 5.
- Cone 5: 20 Big Boy Sit-ups. High Knees to Cone 6.
- Cone 6: 20 Star Jumps. Grapevine Left to Cone 7.
- Cone 7: 20 Flutter Kicks (4 ct). Hop to Cone 8.
- Cone 8: 20 Carolina Dry Docks. Grapevine Right to Cone 1.
Mosey toward the Northshore Entrance to park. We will stop at shaded area by apt buildings. 20 American Hammers. 10 Tempo Merkins.
Mosey to stop sign at southeastern corner of Admin Bldg. 30 second gander at scenery. Mosey to Bat House. We will do High Mountain Roundabout which will be the following:
- 10 Hand Release Merkins by Bat House. Then run down initial steps of Roadshow Run to grassy field below.
- 20 Diamond Merkins. Then run to grove of trees just below summit of Mt. Everest.
- 10 Burpees. Then run uphill to summit of Mt. Everest.
- 20 Boy Boy Sit-ups.
- Rinse and Repeat above.
Next, we will run down Roadshow Run to Perimeter Trail. From there we will head on trail toward Lyons Bend. At perimeter trail we will head east and across road that goes to entrance way at Lyons Bend. We will cross the roadway and stop to do 20 American Hammers.
We will then head on trail east and south to lower area parking lot. We will head that way by doing 14’s, lunging for one light and then sprinting for four until we reach parking lot.
Next, head back to AO.
COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
16 men, no FNGs.
CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
2020 has certainly been a difficult year and citizens in our country are a bit on edge right now. You see it in the arguments between citizens on how serious a threat the Coronavirus truly is and whether we should be opening businesses at this time. You see it in the protests going on related to the recent killings of black men by police. Whether you support or are against opening up during the Coronavirus, whether you tend to look favorably upon the protests or are more prone to see the destruction caused by rioters, it is easy to judge that “other side”. In some of our BOMs, however, we have been asking ourselves whether this is what God wants us to do. Should we angrily judge someone whose ideas are different than ours or should we try to love them and make the attempt to understand their perspective?
We can learn to love even our worst enemies if we can learn to truly put ourselves in their shoes, openly hear their stories, and do so in a non-judging way. And I think that is what we are needing more of at this time when politicians and even newspapers and news stations make quick judgments and fail to view the perspective of the other side.
When I spoke in my last BOM, I did not have time to talk about a story that I had actually included in the written Back Blast. The story is about White Fang. White Fang is the name of a novel written by Jack London. Some of you may have read it. In the novel, White Fang is a vicious dog, one that will strike you and tear you apart. He is a dog to avoid because his look and actions spell D-A-N-G-E-R and H-A-R-M. Why is he like this? Part of the reason is his genetics. He is part wolf and wolves can certainly be savage. The bigger reason, however, it that he has been taken advantage of by humans his entire life. He has been beaten by others for use as a work and sled dog and has been unfairly used by men in betting games where White Fang fights with other dogs. A guy named Weedon Scott meets White Fang for the first time after one of these fights where White Fang is almost killed. He takes pity on the dog and takes him away from it’s current owner who has used him in the dog fights. He feeds the dog and nurtures him back to life. The dog doesn’t trust him but Weedon certainly can understand why, given what the dog has gone through. Weedon slowly, slowly gets closer to the dog, trying to develop a bond with him. At one point he goes too quickly and is viciously bitten. But, Weedon doesn’t give up on the dog. He takes the dogs perspective, realizing that he had tried to quickly to pet the dog when the dog feared him and didn’t trust him. He continues to feed the dog, continues to use cooing language and weeks later touches the dog again. White Fang growls a low growl. He both doesn’t like the touch but also likes it. This touch thing is different and for some reason it feels good. Over time the man and dog form a wonderful bond. Those of you who love dogs know what that bond can be like. Weedon Scott is long longer seen as a threat – he is seen as a Love God by White Fang. This once vicious dog is so strongly bonded to Weedon that he will do anything for him. And, at the end of the book he saves both Weedon Scott and his family from their own harm and possible deaths.
As HIMs, we can learn to patient and loving. We can learn to take the perspective of others, even when we don’t agree with their opinions. We can learn to love our enemy as Jesus would want us to do. In so doing, we may form bonds we never thought we could have and even change the lives of those former enemies for the better.
Praise for Choir Boy’s wife that, although she is having lymph node issues, her Ultra Sound looked good. Prayers for the wife of Rainbow’s wive’s grandmother who is at her last days of life. Prayers for Rainbow’s friend whose wife died. Prayers for Lillydipper’s wife, Jan, who is undergoing chemotherapy treatment at this time for breast cancer.
Q101 is occurring this morning at Bomb Shelter