Thank you to the 4 PAX (Cancelled, Dirt Dart, Crayon, & YHC) who showed up to Bluff & Bridge on this humid fall Florida gloom to share in some great fellowship and a good old fashioned bootcamp. Thank you to the PAX of F3 Clearwater for allowing YHC to lead this morning. Great work was put in by all PAX in attendance and the mumblechatter was high, which is great. After the F3 disclaimer was given YHC a little before 0530, everyone was asked what the 5 Core Principles are of F3. The men did an awesome job reciting them.
We began the warmup with the following in cadence: Side Straddle Hops, Imperial Walkers, Low Slow Squats, Peter Parker Peters, Merkins. Then we took a short mosey over to the fountain on the east side of Old City Hall for the Thang to begin.
YHC and the PAX went to the benches where we performed the following all in cadence: Irkins, Dips, Step-Ups, and Derkins (Regular & Wide Arm). After that we took another short mosey over the northwest corner of Old City Hall for some of the following.
PAX were to pair up. We were going to deconstruct a burpee and then construct it back again. We started with one partner running down and back up the stairs (39 total) while the other partner stayed and performed an exercise. Then flapjack: partner 1 does the exercise and partner 2 runs.
The exercises at the bottom were 6- count burpees; squats; hip thrusters; Merkins; hip thrusters; and jump squats. Then we rebuilt the burpee with jump squats, hip thrusters; Merkins; hip thrusters; squats; and 6-count burpees.
Fantastic work was put in by all PAX attending today to support the Site Q and YHC. Thank you for being there.
A few weeks ago, in church we were studying the later verses of Chapter 3 from the Book of John. I have read John multiple times, but the Pastor highlighted something that has stuck with me for the past two weeks and now will forever.
John the Baptist was asked by his disciples and a Jew about purification (which they were arguing about) and how Jesus was baptizing people. John went on to remind his disciples, that they had previously witnessed him saying he was not the Christ but was sent before. He then stated that the bridegroom was who has the bride and the friend of the bridegroom stands at the door and is full of joy at the hearing of his voice.
The verse the struck me was this one: John 3:30 ‘He must increase, but I must decrease.’
John basically stated he must step aside and allowing Jesus to fulfil his duty as Christ, and he rejoiced because of it.
Immediately I started thinking about my life and what I do and say each day that would resemble this. I first thought about my family sitting next to me. Do I decrease and allow Jesus to increase? Then I thought about my friends. Do I decrease and allow Jesus to increase? Then I thought about the community. Do I decrease and allow Jesus to increase?
Am I living like John the Baptist, full of joy and decreasing every day to allow for Jesus to increase? I honestly have to say I do not think I heard anything else that was preached because I was reflecting so much. I truly believe if I lived to decrease, I would experience the joy of the friend of the bridegroom who was watching the bridegroom take off with his bride.
In F3 we call this Living 3rd. No matter your faith, you must put the one whom you put your faith in and others first before you. If we all lived this way, I wonder how much different our community would look. Take a moment today and the rest of your life to think about this and act on it. I know if we can do it others can as well.
John 3:30 ‘He must increase, but I must decrease.’
Live 3rd brothers. Aye!
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