What Have You Learned In 5 Years From F3?

What Have You Learned In 5 Years From F3?

51 plus PAX woke up, found the link, turned on their smart device or lap top and decided to spend some time together but socially distant at Virtual Bagpipe. This is what we did:


SSH X 15, 5 Merkins OYO, IW x 15, 5 Merkins OYO, LBC x 15, 5 Merkins OYO, 2 minute run.


Split Leg Squat 15x each leg (3 rounds) with LSS in-between and 5 burpees thrown in for excessive mumblechatter

2 minute run

Grab something to lift:

3 rounds of 15x curls, 15x tricep ext, 15 x shoulder press, 15 triple lindy

2 minute run in-between each round

Ladder work: 5x, 10x, 15x of three exercises: dips, incline merkins and burpees

Run to end of driveway (or some other short distance) in-between each round

2 minute run

Finish with some mary called by randomly, purposefully selected PAX.


What have I learned from 5 years in F3?

That question can be answered in different ways. I can cite many examples of personal growth in fitness, fellowship and faith.

Yet, one of the most important things I learned applied to all those things: sometimes all I have to do is just show up.

When I started F3, I was a sad clown. Just a guy wandering through life believing I had nothing to offer anyone.

I’m short, fat, slow, old, not that smart, and my life is best described as a Forrest Gump train wreck.

I am unqualified.

What could I offer this group of men?

All I had to offer was me showing up. Showing up with my time, my effort, my willingness to listen, help, and serve. (The Bible describes this as offering ourselves as a living sacrifice)

So that is what I did…just showed up.

I showed up to post, I showed up to 2nd Fs, I showed up to 3rd Fs, I showed up to Dads events, I showed up to Q, I showed up to Site Q, etc., etc., etc.

I showed up by reaching out to men in our fellowship anyway I could.

It was only after showing up, I learned the most valuable lesson of my F3 experience: when I decided to show up for others, they started showing up for me.

I am grateful for everyone who showed up for me today.

I am grateful for all of you who have showed up for me over the last 5 years.

I am grateful for those who will continue to show up in my life from our F3 Family.

You cannot imagine the impact you have made in my life and the life of my family by just showing up.

I am still unqualified, but I will show up anyway.

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