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Fort Pain – 8.19.2020

8 HIM braved the gloom this morning to get stronger in mind/body/spirit together:
@Dizzy Gillespie, @Three’s Company, @Toastmaster, @Joey Freshwater, @Rudolph, @Lone Star, @Heidi, @Peewee
Warm-o-rama:
20 SSH
Willy Mays Hays
Slow squats x 10
Forward arm circles
Backward arm circles
Plank shoulder tap x 10
Mosey up to top of hill (“Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor)
50 push-ups buy-in
For each of the 4 sets below, we alternated the two workouts till the song was over.
The song “Bicycle” by Queen marks the transition from one workout set to the next, with about 30 seconds rest (this was modeled after the “hamster dance” Q by @Operation recently).  I chose this song to commemorate the way I met all of you F3 HIMs on the other side of the Hill of Fort Pain!
“I love to ride my bicycle, I love to ride my bike,
I love to ride my bicycle, I like to ride it where I Like!”
1. 20 Dips / 20 Squats (“Carry on Wayward Son” by Kansas)
2. 10 burpees / 20 lunges (“Life in the Fast Lane” by The Eagles)
3. 20 push-ups / 20 broad jumps (Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi)
4. 20 Dips / 20 Squats (“Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey)
Mosey back to bottom of the hill (“Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd)
1. 20 American hammers / 20 shoulder taps (“Superstition” by Stevie Wonder)
2. 100 big boy sit-ups (“Summer of ‘69” by Bryan Adams” & “Danger Zone” by Kenny Loggins)
Time!
Prayer requests:
1. @ Dizzy Gillespie’s friend who is facing prison time.  Prayers for repentance/reconciliation/restoration/blessing in his life.
2. Parents and kids navigating the complexities of work/school schedules, with the uncertainty and constant changes
3. Injuries / sickness of our F3 brothers.             
-Sully (appendix).                                
-Cosmo (ankle)                                   
-kwame (back/knee).                  
-Pancreas (sickness)                                         
-Tiny Dancer (knee)
Moleskin:
Don’t gamble, but take risks!
“Don’t make inaction your default position”
“The biggest risk is not taking one”
“You miss 100% of the shots you never take”
Risk for me: coming to F3 group knowing nobody, after being startled by 10 guys randomly doing push-ups in the woods behind The school.
Reward: I love it.  I love the fellowship, fitness, and faith and everything it encompasses.  So much so, I cancelled my Orange Theory membership last week.  F3 has been a huge blessing to me, but it would not have happened if I hadn’t taken a risk and came to join you for my first Fort Pain workout.
I’ve gained a lot from F3, but I also know it’s important to give a lot as well, even when that involves hard work and risk.
Notable quotes:
“Courage is not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it”. -Nelson Mandela
“Every man dies.  Not every man really lives”
-William Wallace from the movie Braveheart
Parable of the talents (summarized and paraphrased in COT):
““For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money. Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here, I have made five talents more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here, I have made two talents more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours.’ But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭25:14-29‬ ‭ESV‬‬
Summary of parable:
-God has given abilities and resources to each of us in different measures and different varieties.
-God expects us to look inside of ourselves and take inventory of what abilities and resources we’ve been given so that we can take responsibility for them – to use what we’ve been given to bear fruit.
-The servant who was afraid and took no risk  but buried the talent in the ground did not please the master who left the 1 talent under his stewardship.
-The servants given stewardship over 2 and 5 talents took some risk and invested what they had and produced more wealth for their master.  The master was very pleased with them.
Takeaway:
-Step out of your comfort zone
-Take some managed risk when it comes to using your time, talents, and resources to serve God and serve/lead others
-Take some time to think about what you’ve been given and how you can use that to be the one who gives to others.

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