Whirlybird

December Ultimate

QIC: Semi

Warm-a-Rama

20 seal jacks i/c
20 seal waves i/c
20 plank jacks i/c
Side shuffle around circle, switch facing direction halfway
10 hip circles each direction oyo
15 Michael Phelps i/c
15 mountain man pooper i/c
Toy Soldier halfway around circle, lt dan the other half

The Thang

Patriot run to Ruxpin’s distillery by the way by the railroad tracks

15 hanging knees raises oyo

Mosey to field by church

Ultimate frisbee – 2 teams of 5
Turn overs – 5 merkins.       Total – a lot!
Touch downs – 5 burpees.  Total – 30, 35

3rd F

WHY DOGS LIVE LESS THAN HUMAN

Here’s the surprising answer of a 6 year old child.

Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog’s owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.

I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn’t do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.

As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.

The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker‘s family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.

The little boy seemed to accept Belker’s transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker’s Death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that dogs’ lives are shorter than human lives.  Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, ”I know why.”

Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I’d never heard a more comforting explanation. It has changed the way I try and live.

He said, ”People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life — like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?” The six-year-old continued,

”Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don’t have to stay for as long as we do.”

Live simply.
Love generously.
Care deeply.
Speak kindly.

Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:

• When your loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
• Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
• Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy.
• Take naps.
• Stretch before rising.
• Run, romp, and play daily.
• Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
• Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
• On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.
• On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.
• When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
• Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
• Be faithful.
• Never pretend to be something you’re not.
• If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
• When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.

That’s the secret of happiness that we can learn from a good dog.

Mosey back to circle

Number Rama
NAME-A-RAMA
COT

10 HIM showed today: Semi, Woodstock, Chattahoochee, Fireplex, Whirlybird, Wood, Bunt, Chauffer, Ruxpin, Spaceman

Don’t Wear White After Labor Day

Congrats to Chattahoochee for 100 Posts. You would have thought he would have stood up to accept the recognition.
Congrats to Sherlock for 100 Posts. Never know where he might be lurking.
Congrats to Probe on accepting the duty of Site Q at the CHOP. Please outlaw ranger panties.
Guest appearance by Hot Dawg to collect the school supplies. Great job everyone!! Hot Dawg promises to attend more.

Date: 09/05/2023

AO: CHOP, Milton, DE

Pax: Hot Dawg, Whirlybird, Sherlock, Toy Soldier, Chattahoochee, Probe, Fireplex

QIC: Fireplex

Warm up

SSH – 20 IC

Cherry Pickers – 15 IC

Bolt 45’s IC (4 Count) – 15 squats to halfway down.  15 squats halfway to full down.  15 full squats.

Imperial Walkers – 15 IC

Hydraulic Squats – 10 IC (6 Count)

Mosey .20 miles to “Oh Hill No”

The Thang

Nur up “Oh Hill No”, Bear Crawl down and complete 10 Burpees, 10 Squats, 10 Merkins & 10 Big Boys.  Plank for the 6.  Crawl Bear up the hill, Bear Crawl down and complete 10 Burpees, 10 Squats, 10 Merkins & 10 Big Boys.  Plank for the 6. A break was taken for the F3 message (see message below). Last Round was a Dragon Crawl up the hill, Bear Crawl down and complete 10 Burpees, 10 Squats, 10 Merkins & 10 Big Boys

Mosey .20 miles back to CHOP.  A toy soldier set of 100 LBC’s, 50 E2K’s (Each Side), and 25 Big Boys completed the beatdown.

Count-O-Rama, Name-O-Rama, and the Circle of Trust.  Please keep all our HIM in your thoughts and prayers.  

F3 Message 09/05/23

FREEING THE SLAVES – #6665

Friday, July 27, 2012

When someone in our house felt overworked or unfairly overloaded, sometimes you’d hear them say, kiddingly I think, “Hey, I thought Lincoln freed the slaves!” Well, actually, I think the members of our family might have been right about all of us. We do need an update on that Emancipation Proclamation. In fact, you might be surprised who the slaves are today, and the slave master. The slaves are nice people, successful people; maybe someone like you.

I’m Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about “Freeing the Slaves.”

Now, our word for today from the Word of God is found in Deuteronomy 5:12. Now, this is the second time around to a new generation of Jews that the Ten Commandments are given. In the original Ten Commandments it said that you are to keep the Sabbath Day holy – a day of rest. But notice there is a new addition this time; I’ll read it to you.

“Observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy as the Lord your God has commanded you.” Now, that’s pretty much the same as the first time around in Exodus 20. “Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your manservant, nor your maidservant…”

Now, this sort of closes up the loophole, saying, “Okay, I won’t work, I’ll just get the other guys to do it.” It goes on to say, “…no, nor your ox, your donkey or any of your animals.” Now, just in case you had a visitor in the house and you were going to have him mow the lawn for you, it says, “…not the alien within your gates, so that your manservant and maidservant may rest as you do. Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and that the Lord God brought you out of there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. Therefore, the Lord your God has commanded you to observe the Sabbath day.”

Now, get this command here. He talks about our working life, he acknowledges that we are going to be working much or most of the time, but then He says, “It is my commandment that you get regular rest and regular worship during that time.” Then He goes back to the subject of slavery. He says, “There was a time, my people, when you had no choice about working all the time. You were slaves then. There was a time when you had to work without rest, but now you can choose, and I want you to choose regularly, on a weekly basis, to stop and rest and stop all the busyness around you and bring it to a halt.”

Now He’s saying, “Don’t lose your priorities now that you can choose to rest.” You know, in our world today we are like all accelerator and no brakes. We’re living lives without Sabbaths. They’re supposed to be part of the created order of God. Think about your own life; the rat race; the gerbil wheel you run on. Your times off maybe are getting farther apart, they’re shorter. Your family is beginning to feel your absence because you’ve been running to work so much. You’ve piled one commitment on top of another, so you can’t ever stop. And you’ve got so many competing commitments, there’s just no time to rest. There’s little time left just to crash, to play, to laugh, to think, to meet your Lord. You’re not doing your work; you are your work.

Stand back, would you? There’s a better way to live with regular rest as ordained by Almighty God. Otherwise, you’re a slave. You’re a slave to your work. Don’t live in violation of God’s command to rest. The alternative is slavery. And remember, Jesus freed the slaves.

Respectfully Submitted,

Fireplex

F3 Milton Delaware Chop Double Coupon Workout

Double Q-Pon

F3 Milton Delaware Chop Double Coupon Workout
F3 Milton Delaware Chop Double Coupon Workout

To Honor my 2nd Q of August, we did a double Coupon F3 workout.

F3 Milton Delaware Chop Double Coupon Workout

F3 Warm-up (5 minutes):

  1. Side Straddle Hops (SSH) – 25 reps
  2. Arm Circles – 20 reps each direction
  3. Hip Circles – 20 reps each direction
  4. Imperial Walkers -20
  5. Good Mornings – 15 reps
  6. Burpees – 10 reps: Perform a Burpee exercise.

In honor of my Second Q this Month

Everyone Grab 2 Coupons and let’s go to the bank.

The Thang (35 minutes):

ROUND 1: Repeat 3 Times

Complete the following circuit of exercises. Use cinder blocks (Coupons) where specified. Perform each exercise for the designated number of repetitions, with minimal rest between exercises. Repeat the circuit 3 times.

• Farmers Carry Your Blocks Between Stations

  1. DOUBLE Coupon Curls – 20 reps: Hold a cinder block in each hand and perform bicep curls.
  2. Dip Merkins (Push-ups) – 20 reps: Perform standard push-ups.
  3. DOUBLE Coupon Rows – 20 reps each arm: Hold a cinder block in one hand and perform rows by pulling the block towards your hip.
  4. Feet Elevated Plank Hold – 1 minute

3rd F was more of a conversation.

The Stupidity is Coming.

• Masks are out.

• The Gaslighting is on.

• Election Riots WILL Start by next Summer

Dont let someone else run the conversation.

25 Burpeees

We put the blocks back, then finished off with 2 more minutes of Burpees.

F3 A Burpee

Date: 08/17/2023

AO: CHOP, Milton, DE

QIC: Fireplex

Warm up

SSH – 15 IC

Bolt 45’s – 15 squats to halfway down.   15 squats halfway to full down.  15 full squats

Imperial Walkers – 15 IC

Windmills – 15 IC

Mosey from CHOP .2 mile around Strawberry Alley and back to grass by the bank parking lot.

The Thang

 Q brought a modified Super 21 beatdown in descending order.  21 Burpees to 21 Big Boy Sit ups.  20 Burpees to 20 Big Boy Sit ups.  19 Burpees to 19 Big Boy Sit ups, etc., etc., etc.  An option was given to modify the evolution in ascending order.  A break was called for the 3rd F message at the Q’s discretion.  231 of each exercise would be completed if the evolution is completed in its entirety.  The best for the day was completed by Probe descending down through the round of 8.  

Count-O-Rama, Name-O-Rama, and the Circle of Trust.  Please keep all our HIM in your thoughts and prayer. 

F3 Message 08/17/23

WHEN THINGS ARE OVERWHELMING – #9541

August 7, 2023

My wife always said I usually try to cram in one more thing before I leave for an appointment. No, she was right. Yeah, she’d say that I usually try to make it up on the road, and sometimes I do have to plead guilty I guess. And it usually works okay if the weather’s on my side. And then there are those very rainy days when it’s a little tougher to hurry. You know, you’re zipping down the highway at top speed, and suddenly you feel yourself losing control of the rear wheels. You ever had that happen to you? Yeah, it’s what they call hydroplaning. The water builds up under those tires so that well, you’re suddenly skiing. You’re skimming along on water rather than on the pavement and the rear of your car starts to go somewhere you don’t want it to go. Now, if that’s ever happened to you, you know it is a scary feeling to start hydroplaning because, well, you’re going so fast and you’re starting to start losing control.

I’m Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about “When Things Are Overwhelming.”

Now, our word for today from the Word of God comes from Psalm 42. As we read this, the author (DAVID) is hydroplaning. Well, he didn’t have a car, he had a chariot. And I don’t know if chariots hydroplane or not, but things were moving so fast for him, he was beginning to lose control. In fact, listen to some of the descriptions he gives. He says, “My tears have been my food day and night.” Then as you read on later in this very personal Psalm, he uses words like this: “Why are you so downcast oh my soul? Why are you so disturbed within me?” Then he says, “My soul is downcast within me. All Your waves and breakers, Lord, have swept over me.” This guy’s in bad shape!

He says, “Man, things are just totally out of control.” I was there not too long ago feeling this way. I think it was accumulated over a period of several weeks. Challenges had just been getting much bigger than my resources. Personally I felt like my faith was kind of like a fitted sheet on a king sized bed and I couldn’t quite get it over that fourth corner. I couldn’t get it to reach far enough to cover the particular challenges and the pressures that were accumulating. And I’ll be honest with you, I was overwhelmed, I get there sometimes. I was pretty anxious, I was feeling like I would never catch up. And then I wandered into Psalm 42, where I was hit with a very probing question by a man who was feeling things out-of-control like I was. And as it turned out, that question turned out to be the answer.

Here’s our word for today from the Word of God. The question is in Psalm 42:2. It says this: “When can I go and meet with God?” So the writer says, “I’m losing control. It’s bigger than I am. When can I go and meet with God?” You know, just like the writer of that Psalm, I needed to stop the world and get away for 24 hours with my Bible and a notepad and meet with God. And I did.

That’s been repeated many times. Maybe that’s the prescription for you right now. You say, “Well, there’s too much for me to stop right now.” See, that’s why you need to. Set a time to stop. Stand back, and listen to your Lord for an extended, unhurried chunk of time – for hours, not just minutes. Write down what you’re feeling and what you’re thinking as you’re in His presence for that extended time. And ask Him for a fresh look at the people and the pressures so you can see the forest and not just the trees. Ask Him to help you see it through His eyes. Set some priorities while you’re in that away spot. Make plans. Weed out things that can go. You can trust what you get from God when you’re in an extended time in His presence. And those need to be scheduled on a pretty regular basis.

So, if you’re traveling at high speed, you feel yourself losing control, slow down, hit the brakes, carve out time away where your Lord can show you what He wants, and He can have your undivided attention.

The number one question you have to answer right now is this: “When can I go and meet with God?”

Respectfully Submitted,

Fireplex

August 17, 2023 – F3 A Burpee

I Hate Burpees

Date: 06/20/2023

AO: CHOP, Milton, DE

QIC: Fireplex

Warm up

SSH – 20 IC

Cherry Pickers – 20 IC

Bolt 60’s 20 squats to halfway down.   20 squats halfway to full down.  20 full squats. THANKS PROBE !!

Windmills – 20 IC

Imperial Walkers – 20 IC

Mosey .2 miles to “Oh Hill No”.   

The Thang

Burp Back Mountain….Pax pair up to complete 100 Burpees each or as many as possible.  One PAX Nurs up the hill and runs down 3 times while the other works on his burpees.  When all Pax reached 50 Burpees a break for the F3 message took place. One more complete round was completed before moving on to 50 Four-Count Freddie’s (IC) and finishing with a Toy Soldier set of 50 LBC’s. 25 E2K’s (each side), and 15 Big Boys.

Count-O-Rama, Name-O-Rama, and the Circle of Trust.  Please keep all our HIM in your thoughts and prayers.

Mosey .2 miles back to CHOP.  

F3 Message – 06/20/2023

UNUSED CAPABILITIES – #2736

So much of the furniture and equipment in our office is a God-story. He has miraculously provided so many things through His people – things we could never have been able to buy. One of those things is our telephone system. A Christian brother was upgrading the system at his company – and donated his old system to us. And that old system is great for us! Now our phones have this battery of buttons on them – most of which we have just been looking at or ignoring. We have had no idea what they do. Our Team has been so busy that no one has really had the time to read the manual! Finally, we assigned that research to Jeff – and the other day, he reported back to our Team. He showed us all kinds of sophisticated tricks our phones could do – and here we’ve been settling for just using a phone line and the “hold” button. These phones are amazing. They’ve been amazing all along. We’ve been slumming it – when we could have been going in style!

Well, I’m Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about “Unused Capabilities.”

Our word for today from the Word of God comes from Matthew 14:25. Jesus’ disciples were out in a boat and they’re being battered by a violent storm. “During the fourth watch of the night, Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw Him walking on the lake, they were terrified. ‘It’s a ghost,’ they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: ‘Take courage! It is I! Don’t be afraid.’ ‘Lord, if its You,’ Peter replied, ‘tell me to come to You on the water.’ ‘Come,’ He said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.”

All the disciples were just trying to ride out the storm. But Peter suddenly got a glimpse of the power of his Master – and of something supernatural he could do if he risked everything on Jesus. And suddenly Peter was doing what people don’t do – he was walking on water!

The fact is that Jesus may be preparing you to step up to something far more supernatural than you’ve ever been or done before. In fact, He’s made your heart restless for more so you would get out of the boat and start walking toward Him in an exciting new way. Peter found out that day that if Jesus wants you to do it – no matter how beyond your capability it may be – He will give you whatever it takes to do it.

A lot of our Christian lives are like our Team and those multi-faceted phones. We’re settling for a level that is far below where we could be living. We’re looking at all those spiritual buttons. We may know some other people who have tapped into those capabilities. But we are settling for a powerless life when Christ in us wants to make our life really powerful. We’re settling for the mediocre when we’re wired for the miraculous. You have the Holy Spirit of Almighty God living in your body – you have backing you up the authority that Jesus has over everything in the universe – you have Jesus’ resurrection power in your life – are you living like it? Or are you settling for only pushing a couple of God’s buttons when there are so many more that could open up a whole new frontier for you?

You need to be reading the Manual – the Bible – every day. Not just for theology – but looking for the keys to powerful faith – and then using them. And tell the Lord you want the “something more” He’s been making your heart hungry for. Surrender yourself to Him – let go of those areas you have insisted on controlling – get out of the safe little boat and dare to walk where you’ve never walked before!

Your Lord is “able to do immeasurably more than all we could ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us” (Ephesians 3:21). Immeasurably more. Like our phone system, it’s all right there. You got it when you got Jesus. It’s time you began to be and do all you were created for.

Respectfully Submitted,

Fireplex

Semi again?

QIC: Semi

Warm-a-Rama
15 Seal jacks i/c
15 Imperial walkers i/c
15 plank jacks i/c
10 hip circles oyo (each direction)
30 Moroccan night club i/c
15 seal waves i/c
15 Michael Phelps

The Thang
Each PAX grabes a coupon and moseys to park

Bolt 45 toes in block

Round 1
10 swerkins
10 hanging knee raises
20 curls holding bottom of coupon (hammer)
5 blockeys
10 curls palms up inside coupon
30 derkins

Nur around gazebo

Round 2
Repeat above
Add or modify knee raises to leg raises

Lt. Dan, Dan Lt. Around gazebo

3rd F
9 lessons from F3
1. You can go a lot farther with others by your side.
2. Men need challenges to stay sharp mentally, physically, and emotionally.
3. Confidence is built by setting and accomplishing goals.
4. Competition makes us better.
5. Sweat and shared suffering build strong bonds.
6. If you’re not accelerating, you’re decelerating.
7. You’re stronger than you think you are.
8. The COT is great therapy.
9. Friends make life worth living and loving.

Mosey back to AO
Muder bunny across parking lot to return coupons

Number-Rama
NAME-A-RAMA
COT

11 HIM showed today: Semi, Fireplex, Toy Soldier, Trex, Mr. Mom, Bunt, Probe, Piglet, Looney Toons, Whirlybird, Yukon

Gone to the Bank…

F3 Workout 5/10/23
AO: GritMil
PAX: 8
PAX Names: Sherlock, Whirlybird, Focker, Spreader, Deez, TimeClock, Ruxpin, MacDaddy.
QIC: MacDaddy
FNGs: o 🙁

Back Blast:

Warm –O-Roma
SSH X 20
Cherry Pickers x 10
Burpee Humpers X 10
Bolt 45s

The Thang:

¼ Mile Mosey to Old Wilmington Trust Bank parking lot by way of “The price is right run”.

Break into teams of two, one HIM conducts designated exercise on the wall while the other Bear Crawls ¼ way of parking lot, then NURs the rest. Then 10 SSH, 1 Burpee Humper, mossy back to their partner for the switch. Each round increases one burpee humper for a total 10 burpees humpers.

Wall Exercises:
Tri-cep dips on wall for 200 reps combined with partner.
Single leg lunges on wall (switch on 10 for each leg) for combined 200 reps.
Derkins on the wall for 200 reps.
RnR

3rd F:
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
(In everything, give thanks).
When is it easiest to be thankful? When things are going good, right? I find this to be very true in my own life. Maybe it’s good news that a particular test was negative, may something like our response after we find our keys. (O thank God). It is certainly easier to praise God when you are happy, you and your family are healthy and comfortable, and life is going great.
Well, it is just as important, if not more important, to thank Him in the midst of trials, when things are not going well, when our health is under attack, when there is something going on that drains us and puts all our focus on that hardship.
Here in 1 Thessalonians, Paul tells the church at Thessalonica to rejoice always and give thanks in all circumstances. Why is this so important for Paul to inform the church and us? Maybe they were acting thankless, or showing a lack of appreciation towards God. The reality is and sometimes it’s hard to hear, but God is in control of all things and always has a plan for us. The trials we face are not pointless, they may serve a bigger purpose than what we can understand. Sometimes God calls us to suffer, and sometimes God brings us overwhelming joy, but ultimately, God calls us to a lifetime of continual thankfulness. As the bible verse says, It is God’s will that we give thanks.
Let take a quick moment to go around and mention one thing that we are thankful for.

¼ mile “The price is Right Mosey” back to AO for COT

Be an Eagle

QIC: Deez


Warm-O-Rama

  • Side Straddle Hop – 20 in Cadence
  • Hip Circles – 10 each way OYL
  • Cherry Pickers – 20 in Cadence
  • Moroccan Night Club – 30 in Cadence

The Thang

Mosey to Wagamons Pond boat ramp

  • End of parking Lieutenant Dan up the parking lot until the electric pole
  • Top of the parking lot 5 diamond, 5 regular, 5 wide Merkins
  • Back down the parking Lieutenant Dan
  • Top of the parking lot 5 diamond, 5 regular, 5 wide Merkins
  • End of parking NUR (no clue on spelling) up the parking lot until the electric pole
  • Top of the parking lot 5 diamond, 5 regular, 5 wide Merkins
  • Back down the parking NUR
  • Top of the parking lot 5 diamond, 5 regular, 5 wide Merkins
  • Plank for the “6”

Mosey to Park behind Library

  • Find a bench and do 30 Dips
  • 30 Flutter kicks (double count)
  • 20 Dips
  • 20 Flutter Kicks (double count)
  • 10 Dips
  • 10 Flutter Kicks (double count)

Mosey to FireHouse

  • 1 – Round of Sherlock Shuffle
  • 1 – Round of Bolt 45

3rd F

What is that one thing most people afraid of?
It’s CHANGE. Especially when it’s painful or uncomfortable.
But you have to go through the change to become more phenomenal in life. This story will help you understand the same.


The Story of an EAGLE:
The Eagle has the longest life-span of its species. It can live upto 70 years.
But to reach this age, the eagle must make a very difficult decision!
In its 40th year, the eagle’s long and flexible Talons can no longer grab a prey which serves as food.
Its long and sharp beak becomes bent.
Its old-aged and heavy wings, due to their thick feathers, stick to its chest and make it difficult to fly.
Then, the eagle is left with only two options: DIE or go through a painful process of CHANGE!
This process lasts for 150 days (5 months)
The process requires the eagle to fly to a mountain top and sit on its nest. There the eagle knocks its beak against a rock until it plucks it out.
Then the eagle will wait for the new beak to grow back after which it will pluck out its talons. When its talons grow back, the eagle starts plucking its old-aged feathers.
And after this the eagle takes its famous flight of rebirth and LIVES for 30 more years!!
Why is Change needed???
In order to survive and live. We too have to start the change process.
We sometimes need to get rid of the unpleasant old memories, negative habits and our fixed mindset.
Only Freed from the past burdens can we take advantage of the present.
If an eagle can make a life-saving and life-changing decision at the age of 40….why can’t we?
In order to take on a New Journey ahead, let go of your negative old limiting beliefs.
Open up your mind and let yourself fly high like an eagle!
When it rains, all birds occupy shelter. But the EAGLE avoids the rain by flying above the clouds….
The problem is common to all but the attitude to solve it makes the difference!
Don’t be afraid of change…accept it gracefully..!!!

Hydraulic What ? Hill No !

Date: 04/04/2023

AO: CHOP, Milton, DE

QIC: Fireplex

Warm up

SSH – 25 IC

Cherry Pickers – 15 IC

Hydraulic Bolt 45’s – 15 squats full up to half-way down, 15 squats half-way down to full down, & 15 hydraulic squats full motion (6 Count).  All completed IC.

Windmills – 15 IC

The Thang

Mosey to “Oh Hill No” and complete a round of Merkin Jax.  Merkin Jax are a 1:4 ratio of I merkin to 4 plank jacks followed by 2 merkins to 8 plank jacks continuing until reaching the 10:40 ratio.  Next all Pax lined up for a modified Spartan Run Routine – Nur up the hill and run down and drop and do 15 merkins. Nur up the hill and run down and drop and do 15 merkins. All Pax completed the evolution as many reps as possible (AMRAP) with the remainder of the time available before moseying back to CHOP.

F3 Message

Mosey back to CHOP

Count-O-Rama, Name-O-Rama, and the Circle of Trust.  Prayers were offered for multiple needs within the attending PAX, but please keep all our HIM in your thoughts and prayers.  

F3 Message 04/04/23

THE SURPRISING SECRET OF GREATNESS – #9292

August 23, 2022

The book is called Good to Great. It’s a thought-provoking book on management written by Jim Collins and a research team that he headed. They identified eleven of the most effective companies in the United States, and then they pursued this question: “What specifically makes these companies so different?” This research actually challenged many of the author’s preconceptions. There were actually lots of surprises. Interestingly, the first thing Collins and his team point to as common to every one of these consistently successful companies is this, and it is a surprise – the modesty of the various CEOs who led them. They suggest that the starting point of a great company is a humble leader – highly focused, sometimes driven people – but known for being gracious, self-effacing, understated. I guess in a word, humble.

I’m Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about “The Surprising Secret of Greatness.”

If you’ve listened much to what Jesus says about leadership, those recent “discoveries” shouldn’t be a great surprise to you. In Mark 10, beginning with verse 42, our word for today from the Word of God, Jesus presents what most people believe about being a leader – and then the truth according to Jesus.

He says: “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them…not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all.” Then Jesus backs it up with the way He lived His own life: “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”

Jesus believes that you can earn your authority in people’s lives by serving them, by putting them first, by helping them succeed. And, sure enough, the most contemporary research only reinforces the importance of humility in leadership. The Good to Great authors illustrate their conclusions in this area with what they call windows and mirrors. When these successful CEOs do something right, they walk over to a window and point to all the reasons out there (especially all the other people) that are the reasons for their success. When they do something wrong, they walk to a mirror and they assume the blame themselves. Less effective leaders? Well, the authors say they do it just the other way around – when things go wrong they point out the window and point to excuses and explanations. When things are going right, they go to the mirror to admire the one who deserves the credit they think.

Whether you’re in a position to lead your children, or lead a business, or a staff, or a church, a class, a project, a ministry, don’t fall for the popular lies about leading people – that success means being pushy or punishing, pulling rank, playing politics, manipulating, promoting yourself. No, it’s humble servanthood that is the surprising secret of success. That’s humility as in always being teachable, and courteous, vulnerable, willing to accept responsibility rather than place blame; caring about the person, not just the project.

Former Attorney General John Ashcroft’s godly father tried to prepare him for life in the nation’s Capitol after his son had gotten elected to the United States Senate. Listen to what he said, “John, the culture of Washington is a culture of arrogance.” (By the way, most power-centers are.) He said, ” But the culture of Jesus is a culture of humility. Don’t get sucked into the culture of arrogance.”

That’s good advice for any of us who have someone to lead. Remember, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble” (1 Peter 5:5).

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