THE SCENE: Beautiful day, temps in high 70’s.
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER
20 Side-straddle-hops, 10 Pinto Twists, 10 Windmills, Plank stretches, 10 Cherry Pickers
Mosey to stop sign on southeast corner of Admin Bldg. 20 Hello Dollies.
Mosey to Area 51. We will run up hill stopping three times to do decline merkins. Rinse and repeat.
Mosey to bat house above Roadshow Run. We will do the Pinto Grinder. We will start with 20 Star Jumps by bat house. Then run down stairs and do 20 Diamond Merkins. Run to grove of trees just below peak of Mt. Everest. Do 10 Burpees. Run up to peak of Mt. Everest and do 20 Big Boys. Rinse and repeat.
Do 20 American Hammers in Shade.
Mosey to stop sign at northeast corner of Admin Bldg. 20 Hello Dollies. We will head back on road toward AO but stop at each cone along the way. The cones will instruct us what to do next. The instructions at each cone are as follows:
- Cone 1: 10 Shoulder Taps (both arms = 1). Bear Crawl to Cone 2.
- Cone 2: 25 Baby Crunches. Lunge to Cone 3.
- Cone 3: 20 Flutter Kicks (four count). Bernie Sanders to Cone 4.
- Cone 4: 20 Buzz saws (four count). Grapevine with face away from Admin Bldg to Cone 5.
- Cone 5: 20 Carolina Dry Docks. Grapevine with face toward Admin Bldg to Cone 6.
- Cone 6. Go back to Cone 1 to rinse and repeat.
10 Bottle Caps, 20 Box Cutters, Stretches.
COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
Eight men, no FNGs.
CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 That’s why we are not discouraged. No, even if outwardly we are wearing out, inwardly we are being renewed each and every day. This light, temporary nature of our suffering is producing for us an everlasting weight of glory, far beyond any comparison, because we do not look for things that can be seen but for things that cannot be seen. For things that can be seen are temporary, but things that cannot be seen are eternal.
It can be human nature to desire the easy way out. But the fact is that truly good things generally involve toil, effort and pain. I often times witness people wanting to move forward but unwilling to accept anxiety, stress or pain in order to get there. As a psychologist I see people wanting to take narcotics or avoid challenges to that they don’t have to experience anxiety. I am not belittling the anxiety that those with Anxiety Disorders must battle. But some people actually think humans aren’t supposed to experience anxiety. They want to avoid anxiety at all costs. The fact is that anytime we take on new challenges, we are going to experience anxiety.
I see some people wanting to improve physically without experiencing pain. I know that doctors and physical therapists see this all the time. Someone gets total knee replacement and then is sent to see a physical therapist. They stop going saying the physical therapy only made them feel worse. Of course it made them feel worse – it is supposed to make them feel worse – so that through work, pain and effort they will improve and eventually feel much, much better.
We in F3 get up early mornings to face the gloom and experience the pain and thrashing of an F3 workout. It is supposed to be painful. Without the pain we don’t receive the gang. We could wimp out and make it easy for everyone. But as Cheatsheet proclaims, “Treat yourself, don’t cheat yourself!”
We often think relationships are supposed to be free from pain and turmoil. Nothing goes wrong in our relationships in the Honey Moon stage. Your lover can do no wrong. It is later that we wake up to the reality that this lover is a real person – with her own strange idiosyncrasies and opinions that don’t,God forbid, always coincide with ours. We begin to think, what’s wrong with this person – maybe she isn’t right for me. But maybe, just maybe, that person is right for you. To find true love is to work through differences with another that can sometimes be painful. But in working through these differences we see we can learn and live with them. We find something richer and greater – not a person who will agree with us about everything – but someone who will love us, no matter how hard that task can be (look at yourself, that can be pretty doggone difficult) and will help us to grow stronger and better for it in the process.
Finally, with God it is not always rosy and wonderful. We sometimes want to turn from Him when things aren’t wonderful and going our way. We may blame Him for it, say “Where the hell are you God?” Or, we may not want to follow Him when He wants us to do something we don’t like to do.” But God’s way is the best way, not the easy, rosy way. We don’t just follow God when it feels good. We follow God when it is difficult, when it is not all fun and games, when we doubt, when we hurt, when we are ready to give up, when we are angry and pissed at Him. In so doing, we find faith, we find hope, and we have a true relationship with a God who desires relationship and desires to make us better men.
Prayers for five of Abscess’ friends who have had heart attacks. Continuing prayers for Pinto who is recovering from his heart attack and heart surgery.