July 23, 2020


THE SCENE:  Quite and calm, only the walker lady with the neon green LED vest to greet me.  The grass was saturated and long, affording me a method to lay out pin flags in the gloom as I could only see my footprints in the dew.

F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER:  forgot.  We are all open to lawsuits now.      Nah, I disclaimed.
WARM-O-RAMA:  Deep stretches IC, Balls to the wall x 1 minute IC

THA-THANG:  Moseyed to Sea Isle School to defile its abandoned halls.

Donkey kicks along the wall x 10, bear crawl out 20 yards, crab walk back

R&R counting down the Donkey kicks

Modified bear crawl/crab walk distance to 15 yards

Mosey to field;

Large ring of pin flags set up approximately 40 yards in diameter.  PAX stepped into the center.

Counting in Cadence Practice:  YHC chose Jump Squat Burpees x 5 IC led alone while all PAX sprinted a lap around the ring.  YHC then led all PAX in Jump Squat Burpees x 5 IC.  Next, Snookie led himself while we ran, then Snookie led us in 5 IC reps of an exercise of his choosing.  Prince Ali led himself then us all in 5 reps of his choosing.  Chef followed. Mudpants finished.

The routine was to select an exercise to lead in cadence alone while the PAX ran, followed by you leading us all in the same exercise IC.

MARY:  American Hammers x 20 IC, J Lo x 20 IC, Box Cutters x 20 IC

COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA:  5 PAX; Mudpants, Snookie, Prince Ali, Chef, Tomb Raider


Written on each of the pin flags in the pin flag ring were common fears that we as men have; finances, achievement, job, anger, porn . . . etc. In like manner, sometimes we feel surrounded by our fears and it causes us anxiety and incapacitates us or hinders our movement.

This happened to Elisha’s servant as recounted in 2nd Kings Chapter 6.  The king of Aram wanted to capture the prophet Elisha so that God wouldn’t warn the Israelite army of his ambush plans.  He sent an army and surrounded the city Elisha was in.  Elisha’s servant saw that they were surrounded and freaked out.  Elisha says. . .

Don’t be afraid. Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.  And Elisha prayed “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.”  Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses, and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

Instead of having the Lord’s army kill them all he prays that the enemy become blind, leads them to another city, captures them, feeds them a giant feast, and sends them home.

My point is that our circumstances or uncertainties get to us.  Our fears cripple us.  If we could only see God’s mighty hand around us, have faith in His plan, and trust in His provision we would live a bold life and have a faith that would be an all-consuming fire.

God let us see.

MOLESKIN:   I came up with the Donkey kick, bear crawl, crab walk routine on the fly and it was a burner that almost took up all the time.  We had to modify down.  It was nice to take some time and instruct some of the new guys how to count in cadence and also give others an opportunity to lead.  Through repetition and correction we all gain confidence.  Prayers requested for Prince Ali’s job search, for travel mercies, for those struggling with fear and anxiety.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:  Donate $ to Alcy Ball to help them reinvigorate their community through a development project.  Join some of us in Cape Fear, NC in January for the F3 10 year anniversary.  President Trump will be the keynote speaker.

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