Mending Fences….

Amazing turnout this morning!  Really appreciate all y’all.  Twelve Pax, took the DRP this morning, answered the call and got better because of it.

The Scene: Hot as balls and more humider than something really humid.  But at least there was no breeze

The Pax: Squirrel, Snickers (F3 Capefear), CPT D, Flying Tomato, Josey, Waldorf, Scout, Poacher, Jeb, Neo, Roadhouse, Snickers and Quatro

Warm Up:  SSH, Grass getters, Hamstring stretch, Quad stretch

Thang ONE:

Group 1 – Run to the Fire Dept and back. Leave no man behind!  

Group 2 – performs alternating AMRAP x20 SSH and x20 Mountain Climbers.


Thang TWO:

Group 1 – Run to the Police Dept and back. Leave no man behind!  

Group 2 is performing alternating AMRAP x20 Smurf Jacks and x20 Merkins.


Mosey to the tennis courts

Thang THREE: 

Group 1 – Agassi’s.  Pick up ball, sprint to next cone, replace ball, run back to start….continue until complete. 

Group 2 is performing AMRAP ladder of Seal Clap Merkins. 

Flapjack. Ran out of time.

Announcement:  1 day left to get $$ off the F3’s 10th anniversary gathering in F3 Cape Fear. Details about the event can be found:

CPT D Led us out in prayer.


“He drew a circle that shut me out-
Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout.
But love and I had the wit to win:
We drew a circle and took him In!”

~Edwin Markum

The first time I heard this it came with a story (true or not I’m not sure). It was about a prisoner who’s captors treated him very badly.  Rather than rail against his treatment he loved the guard and kept loving him, no matter the treatment.  Rather than drawing the circle (cell) to keep him in his love encircled the guard and took him in.  Eventually the guard came to understand this and left the cell door open for him.

“To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you”

~Lewis B. Smedes

Sometimes it feels as though we have lost the art of circling, of living in community with others.  Especially in these times when were told to “social distance” or “flatten the curve”.  Men need to re-learn how to draw larger circles of inclusion. Always. Draw circles that are large enough to include everyone because F3 is where every-man-belongs.  Our circles include respect, diversity and differences.  I challenge each of you to draw bigger circles in this time and respect those choosing not to be in proximity. Say yes.

If we can understand what Markham’s poem is trying to tell us, then we should be able to talk with others without fear. F3 is about inclusion, not of exclusion.  I came to F3 lost, a sad clown.  Many of us did.  We were seeking and searching for something we were missing in our everyday lives. Relationships.  Honest, good/bad, right/wrong….all of it.  People are messy and not being with God’s people and loving God’s peeps and all their mess, is messier.

Since the onset of COVID-19 I have been losing. Losing friends, time, trust, myself, and much more.  Have you?  Some of us are finding our friendships strained, rifts have been created.  Now, we have to embrace the hard things, together, and begin mending fences. I saw a bit of that this morning.

There is a destiny which makes us brothers; none goes his way alone. All that we send into the lives of others comes back into our own.

~Edwin Markum

F3 Sandhills vision: We build better men by embracing hard things together.


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