Memorial Day Murph


Official Murph (time limit 60 minutes) named for Lt Michael Murphy

  • 1 mile
  • 100 pullups
  • 200 merkins
  • 300 squats
  • 1 mile

With 20# weight vest

Running Options

  • 2 laps around ymca block = 1 mile
  • 6 laps around burry park field = 1 mile
  • Run to Lawton Park and use their monkey bars =1 mile each way
  • Rabbits can run to Farsight and use their monkey bars = 1.8 miles each way

Break sets/laps up any way you like.

Modify: Assisted pullups or dips on a bench

If finished early, start on the following until time is called:

  • 100 burpees
  • 100 4-count flutter kicks
  • Run laps around Burry Park


  • Count-o-rama
  • Name-o-rama
  • Devo (Radar)
  • Pledge of Allegiance


On June 28, 2005, Lt. Murphy was the officer-in-charge of a four-man SEAL element in support of Operation Red Wing tasked with finding key anti-coalition militia commander near Asadabad, Afghanistan. Shortly after inserting into the objective area, the SEALs were spotted by three goat herders who were initially detained and then released. It is believed the goat herders immediately reported the SEALs’ presence to Taliban fighters.

A fierce gun battle ensued on the steep face of the mountain between the SEALs and a much larger enemy force. Despite the intensity of the firefight and suffering grave gunshot wounds himself, Murphy is credited with risking his own life to save the lives of his teammates. Murphy, intent on making contact with headquarters, but realizing this would be impossible in the extreme terrain where they were fighting, unhesitatingly and with complete disregard for his own life moved into the open, where he could gain a better position to transmit a call to get help for his men.

Moving away from the protective mountain rocks, he knowingly exposed himself to increased enemy gunfire. This deliberate and heroic act deprived him of cover and made him a target for the enemy. While continuing to be fired upon, Murphy made contact with the SOF Quick Reaction Force at Bagram Air Base and requested assistance. He calmly provided his unit’s location and the size of the enemy force while requesting immediate support for his team. At one point, he was shot in the back causing him to drop the transmitter. Murphy picked it back up, completed the call and continued firing at the enemy who was closing in. Severely wounded, Lt. Murphy returned to his cover position with his men and continued the battle.

As a result of Murphy’s call, an MH-47 Chinook helicopter, with eight additional SEALs and eight Army Night Stalkers aboard, was sent in as part of the QRF to extract the four embattled SEALs. As the Chinook drew nearer to the fight, a rocket-propelled grenade hit the helicopter, causing it to crash and killing all 16 men aboard.

On the ground and nearly out of ammunition, the four SEALs, continued to fight. By the end of a two-hour gunfight that careened through the hills and over cliffs, Murphy, Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class (SEAL) Danny Dietz and Sonar Technician 2nd Class (SEAL) Matthew Axelson had fallen. An estimated 35 Taliban were also dead. The fourth SEAL, Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class (SEAL) Marcus Luttrell, was blasted over a ridge by a rocket-propelled grenade and knocked unconscious. Though severely wounded, the fourth SEAL and sole survivor, Luttrell, was able to evade the enemy for nearly a day; after which local nationals came to his aide, carrying him to a nearby village where they kept him for three more days. Luttrell was rescued by U.S. Forces on July 2, 2005.

By his undaunted courage, intrepid fighting spirit and inspirational devotion to his men in the face of certain death, Lt. Murphy was able to relay the position of his unit, an act that ultimately led to the rescue of Luttrell and the recovery of the remains of the three who were killed in the battle.


The Evolutions

YHC arrived to the AO early to make sure that the Hotel Pooper was vacant so the PAX could use it freely. To my surprise, there was no one in there spending the night. I am training for an HTL in less than 30 days (holy crap that’s soon…) so I decided to get in some pre-beatdown miles in with my ruck. I received a text from Groundblind thanking me for breaching and clearing the bathroom and to let me know that he had his rucks in the back of his truck. Between the two of us I knew that I would have enough for the PAX to do what I planned (thank God cause that almost a cluster Q). Anyway, I got back around 0640 and there was no one there. I started to think that it was going to be GB and myself and then PAX started pouring in. Off in the distance we saw a grayish figure in the distance trying to run into the Y. Turns out it was none other than the #GrayMan himself, PAPERBOY. He looked over my workout, said, “Stallion, are you trying to kill them? This is too much for me.” (or something to that effect) and hurried off to the Y for 3 rounds of 5 count arm circles. It was now 0700 and time to get started.


Nothing special here because I didn’t want it to eat up time for the main event.


SSH IC x 15

Reach Thrus IC x 15

Toe touch leg stretch


We counted off into 3s and the moseyed over to the side walk.


I planned on doing the 3 evolutions below as AMR(ounds)AP at 18 minutes each. Each group started on the number that they were assigned. I printed EVERYTHING out on multiple pages, but still ended up having to explain everything to the PAX for 10 minutes. Trail Mix is the only person that gets a by on this because he normally does Bowtie’s skipping school and they only run. He was introduced to a man’s Q today.

Evolution 1:

  • WZ Run
  • 26 HR Merkins
  • WZ Run
  • 26 LBCs
  • WZ Run
  • 26 V-Ups
  • WZ Run
  • 29 Burpees (well I’ll be…this was supposed to be 26)

Evolution 2:

  • 25 Flutter Kicks
  • 20 Mountain Climbers
  • 15 Lunges (each leg)
  • 10 Squats
  • 5 Leg Raises
  • Sprint WZ and back

Evolution 3: (Ruck)

  • 6 Merkins with Rotations
  • 12 big boys
  • 24 Squats
  • Backwards run to Memorial and back.


Since I was short on time, we did 18 minutes 1 evolution and then 16 for the other 2.



Paperboy told me that he was going to come out and do some Mary with us so I asked him for 3 exercises.

We did 1 minute AMRAP of the following:

LBCs, Box cutters and Flutterkicks (maybe not in that order)

Highlight of the day:

This marked our first 2.0 Convergence and Apple was the only 2.0 to make it. Highlights of his stellar performance was passing Benchwarmer (multiple times) and verbally abusing Purty Mouth on his terrible form. This kid has quite the mouth.



Short version…Choose the harder thing. The right choice isn’t always going to be the easiest and that doesn’t mean you have to do it alone. Stand shoulder to shoulder with your family and help shoulder the burdens.


I encourage you all to check out Jocko Podcast 121, 122 and 123.


Everyone out there today walked away sweaty, tired and better. Thank you for giving it you all and standing with us.





May the 4th Burpee With You

The next F3 Hartville 30 day challenge begins Friday, May 4th.

What is the challenge you ask?

Simple answer; 1500 burpees between May 4th and June 3rd.

No, workout burpees do not count. 

No, this challenge doesn’t require any special equipment.

Yes, it only requires a few minutes of your day.

The purpose of the challenge is to do burpees every day. Pick a number, and complete them. To reach the 30-day goal, you’ll need a minimum of 50 per day. If you pick a higher daily number, don’t stop at 1500 total, keep going!

An optional challenge for the month will be something we do not focus on very much, nutrition. We’re not going to be counting calories or calculating macros, we’re simply going to try to give up bread and dessert. If you choose to participate in this portion of the challenge, the group will help with your accountability.

If you’re interested in signing up, send me a message and I’ll add you to the chat and spreadsheet.


Christmas in April 2018 AAR

“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.” – Edward Everett Hale

Today F3Hartsville learned some valuable lessons:

  • We are a strong pax.
  • We can accomplish a lot in a relatively short span of time.
  • We have a variety of skills, except Skinny Pete, who doesn’t seem to know how to do anything.

What we did at 616 Howard St:

  • Replaced 6 windows
  • Insulated and sealed all the windows and added trim on the exterior
  • Installed privacy door lock on the bathroom door
  • Installed exterior door lock on the back door
  • Added a full master suite with Jacuzzi tub and Italian marble rain water shower

What we did at Marion St. Cemetery:

  • Spread mulch
  • Clear debris
  • Lean on shovels
  • Eat coffee and donuts

After a light workout Q’d by Little Jack, which basically consisted of high fives and several heated contests of Miss Mary Mack, YHC was ready to get the pax moving in the right direction.

We had a problem with Benchwarmer who viciously tried to usurp YHC’s authority and speak out nonsense. YHC quickly chastened him back into his place. (previous version used sterner language that may be inappropriate for sensitive ears)

We all met for coffeeteria at 616 Howard St. Ruth’s Drive-In provided coffee and biscuits. Miraculously Stallion showed up for food and the group pic immediately afterward. Nobody saw him after that. He mumbled something about checking out other Christmas in April sites to see what kind of food they had.

YHC wisely and shrewdly separated the intelligent pax from the grunt labor. This didn’t take long. Basically anybody that brought a tool was on the Howard St. job, while the inmates were assigned to the mulch pile chain gang.

YHC took all the skilled labor pax through a comprehensive Power Point presentation on worker safety and best practices, as well as an in-depth discussion on each step of the window replacement process. Immediately after the presentation, every single pax asked YHC the same exact questions that were discussed ad nauseum just 2 seconds before. YHC began to question the wisdom of committing to a work project that required some element of intelligence and construction acumen. Fortunately YHC has unlimited patience and endured the trial of a bunch of little kindergarten kids asking the same questions over and over again.

Soon enough, we had 4 window teams working simultaneously, just like YHC had envisioned back when he and Krispy Kreme replaced the first window as a test run. T-claps to Krispy for helping organize this whole event. He put together the shopping list and measured out the window sizes. His work behind the scenes made the job possible.

Head, LoveBug and Lee Murph took on one window. PurdyMouth and Audit tackled another. Sludge, Cowboy and Gutterball jumped on one. Twinkle Toes and Audit’s 2.0 took the hardest one of all, because it was partially behind a rickety kitchen counter.

Meanwhile, this happened at the mulch pile:


I was truly honored to be a part of Christmas in April with F3. We got a lot of work done and tore down some barriers along the way. My dream is to have an AO in Pride Park or somewhere in that neighborhood. Today was a step in the right direction.

All the pax worked hard and worked together. One of the town volunteers helping with the cemetery was named Willie. He is 80 years old and was slinging mulch alongside everybody else. He lamented that his community wasn’t taking care of the cemetery. What he meant was the “black community”. I cut him off and told him his community was out here right now. There can no longer be a white community and a black community. It may seem strange to say, but a cemetery is the perfect place to begin stitching our town together. The graveyard is a collection of stories. Marion St. Cemetery was lost for decades due to neglect and apathy, but these stories are emerging once again. They must be told. They must be shared. Too often we try to bury our past without acknowledging and growing from it.

The next logical step is to create a shared story among the living. Working shoulder to shoulder in the hot sun or repairing an elderly couple’s home is a powerful way to unite people. We follow the same structure in F3. Show up in the gloom and do stupid stuff, while all the sad clowns sleep. What happens in the gloom, however, is community. We have the secret sauce.




Christmas in April Pre-Blast

Here’s the details:

Date: Saturday, April 28

Time: After Convergence (coffee and biscuits will be provided)

Place: From WarZone to 616 Howard St.

Directions: Take 6th St to Marion Avenue. Right on Marion. First house on the right just after Pride Park. (This is the back of the house)



We are going to be replacing 6 windows, 1 exterior door and 3 door locks for Dolly Wright and her husband. She is as sweet as a 50# bag of sugar, and I can’t wait to help her out. Their home is old and breezy. New windows will provide better insulation than the plastic she has tacked up over the original windows. Currently her back door is an interior hollow core door, which provides zero security and not much more insulation value. Her front and rear doors have no deadbolts and old handles. Her bathroom door has no handle at all. #awkward

Tools: Hammer, flat bar, screwdrivers, level, pliers, cordless drill, sawzall.


Donkey Lips put us on to another project that is just down the street. There is a 100+ year old cemetery at the end of Marion Avenue that was literally covered up by trees and undergrowth. Volunteers have begun to bring it back to where it should be, but now they need some heavy lifting. F3 is tasked with laying a thick bed of mulch over the entire plot of land to kill off the vegetation. We need strong backs and weak minds.

Tools: Wheelbarrows, shovels, rakes, pitchforks, pruning shears, maybe a chainsaw or two.


F3’s mission is to plant, grow and serve  small workout groups to invigorate male community leadership. Service is a major component of leadership. It is one of my burning desires to build bridges. Across race, age, creed, nationality,  basically any gulf between “US” and “THEM”. Working on these projects gives “us” a huge opportunity to reach “them”. How many sad clowns live within a 1000′ radius of these two projects? How many lives can we impact by leveraging a little bit of our time to help others?

Join us. Sign up and show up.



Against The Wind

YHC didn’t plan it this way, but todays theme turned out to be “Against the wind.” Yes, the weather was windy.  But that had nothing on the Category 5 tornado of toots and the longwinded mumblechatter from the PAX.  Even a stirring quote by the late Barbara Bush couldn’t muffle the PAX this am.  SMH


As Chainsaw heads to the flag to circle up the first shots are fired of Fart-mageddon.

Warmup exercises consist of SSH, Windmills, Copperhead Plyo Jump Squats (I made that up), Merkins, all IC in various quantities like 23, 11, 16, 8, etc.

The PAX were left to wonder, are these numbers from a “Clemson score”, “number of times Stallion has missed a workout this month”, “winning lottery ticket”, or “number of times BA was killed today by Paula Dean” etc. Well, only savants like Woodchip and YHC can truly understand this level of advanced mathematics.  The rest of you will be left to wonder.

The Main THANG

Mosey to block pile. The only reasonable explanation YHC can give for today’s flurry of flatulence is that maybe Baby Beasley invited the PAX over for his trademark pre-workout meal of cabbage and deviled eggs???

  1. Thrusters/Merkins sets of 21, 15, 9 reps hold 6″ on the 6
  2. Goblet squats/kettlebell swings sets of 21, 15, 9 reps Air chair on the 6
  3. Triceps/Upright Rows sets of 21, 15, 9 reps Flutter kicks on the 6
  4. Lunges w/block OH/Burpees over the block sets of 21, 15, 9 reps Leg raises on the 6

Put blocks up and line up at the first light pole for 75 yd sprints X 10 with 30 second rest between. 1st & 2nd place winners of the heats were rewarded with a tire to pull.  Although it was a weak field, Skinny Pete let us know he won his division again.

Mosey back to the flag for Mary

Mary—plankorama on the 6, various ab exercises


Mudrun 5/19, Prefontaine tomorrow at Byerly track, Christmas in April 4/28, F3 camping trip 4/28


Full disclosure here: YHC ripped off the main portion of the Q from one posted by F3 Chaser the other day on Twitter.  It looked pretty decent on paper, but honestly YHC was a little disappointed, especially after Stepshow’s suckfest on Tuesday.  YHC even added another round to try to give it a little more umphh.  Oh well…

During announcements, the Pax asked Stallion about Tuesdays Operation Arousal to get him out of bed, but he quickly deferred to Chief Arouser, Judge Judy. Stallion then quickly took back over, telling his version of the story which included details about his underwear, the status of his “wood” and what kind of blanky he was using.  It started getting out of hand, even without Barfly present, so the Q finally had to cap off the announcements to allow time for the Devo.

Devo mentioned a couple of recent events: freak fatal accident on Southwest airlines flight and HMS lockdown yesterday.  A quote from Barbara Bush “At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict, or not closing one more deal.  You will regret time not spent with a spouse, a friend, a child, or a parent.”  Take time to love those close to you.




Suns out, Dorks out

Weather- Foggy and warm

Spring break started this week, so that meant all the cool guys left on their private yachts. It was up to the dorks to carry on the proud name of The Clinic.   The Clinic dorks look to me as their leader. I could not let them down, so I took the Q.


SSH x 20

Windmills stopped at 16 when Judy complained.

Mosey to BC parking lot.


1 minute of Merkins AMRAP

Block sliders to the other end of parking lot.  4 burpees at 1st light pole, 3 burpees at 2nd, 2 burpees at 3rd, 1 burpee at end.

Partner up. 100 burpees total. 1 partner runs 10 yards and back while other partner does burpees. Switch out until done.

Mosey to track

15 minute modified “Temple”-20 squats, LBCs, merkins then run a lap then 15 of each run a lap then 10 of each run a lap then 5 of each run a lap.  Goal was to finish in 15 minutes. Finishers were The Denominator (Murph), Southern Belle, and Judy

Mosey back to brick pile

11s- start at one end of parking lot 10 V-ups to 1 Big boy run to other end

9 to 2 run back

8 to 3 run

7 to 4 run

and so on…


3 year anniversary party at Last Rites on 4/14- everyone needs to RSVP

Awards Nominations

Mud Run

Christmas in April sign up


I’ve heard people say that God never gives you more than you can handle.  I don’t think God is concerned with how much we can handle.  God loves us even though we do not deserve his love.  I think that we can handle all things because of God.  We aren’t the important ones.  God is!!


No FNGs but we re-named Paula Dean.  He is now called The BA.


Stallion- After proclaiming that he was motivated to hit it hard again, he forgot to actually come to the workout.

Paula Dean aka The BA- gave me a cussing for asking him to help me and Southern Belle finish our burpees.  He was on a team of 3

The Denominator- just found out he’s a Clinic dork.  He actually thought he was cool.

Southern Belle- Petey Joe sees a lot of potential here.  I may have to mold him into greatness like Lil Smokey

Chainsaw- left at 529

Winkles- Wore his white socks with sandals to workout.

Pinocchio- made it to workout after driving all night from San Antonio

Judge Judy- dropped from cool guys cliche after they found out he was a lightweight

The Stepper- not actually cool.  He drives the boat

Lil Sweet- carried a bag of seed 300 yards since my dork workout was too easy

Barfly- was cool back in the 80s





2018 Mud Run

When: May 19th 2018

Where: 1215 Valley Ridge Road Gaston, SC 29053

The Thang:

It is that time of year again. Time for another CSAUP, the Mud Run. Last year F3 was around 300 of the total runners on the course, with IYAFYL coming in 2nd place (thus making them last by their own motto). This year we will expect more from them and more of you! We need all Hartsville Pax to sign up, take the challenge head on. There are 146 Pax on Convergence lets shoot for getting 80 of you  to sign up! You can Ruck, Run, Walk or Bear crawl through this obstacle course of rope swings, over/unders, that crazy pyramid log challenge. Typically this event is run in teams of four, if you do not have a team sign up anyway and we will place you on a team. This is a test of all the great things F3 can do in a mans life. Grab your teammates and get signed up by following the link here:

We need to turn out in force. If you are not inspired by the fun of the run, be inspired by the food and annual beer boat which will be the cause for a continuation of the Bowtie-Lil Sweet “trip to the woods.” I look forward to seeing all of you at this great event.


Cost: $60

Benefits: Unlimited!


F3 Hartsville 3 Year Anniversary Shindig

Come one, come all!  Those who attended last year remember (if you didn’t hit the keg too hard) the fun we had shucking oysters and laughing at Tater Salad as he emceed the awards presentation.  Those of you who weren’t a part of this crazy thing we call F3 Hartsville last year, come get some great 2nd F with us this year.


A party for all of F3 Hartsville AND the families of F3 Hartsville

Instead of oysters (since mid-April is a little warm for those), we will have lowcountry boil and BBQ for those who don’t eat seafood.  Libations will be provided by our very own Barfly.  Just bring an appetizer and yourself, your M and you 2.0s.  That’s right!  It’s family friendly.  And a great way to be able to recognize your fellow PAX in public while not wearing sweaty workout clothes.  It’s also a great way to get to know each other for something other than farting during flutter kicks!

Awards.  I did mention awards.  Divac will be sending out ballots shortly for your voting pleasure.  Don’t feel too bad if you don’t win one.  I know it’s hard for some (IYAFYL), but be a man about it.


Saturday, April 14th 6:00pm. Come early to help set up if you can.


Casa de Last Rites.  1121 Pine Lake Drive, Hartsville


RSVP here by 4/7:  so we can know how many shrimp to get

Stay tuned for more updates as they develop!



CONDITIONS:  55 degrees and wet


WARMMUP:  x10 burpees


THE THANG:   Count off 1-4.  1’s & 2’s each go to separate corners on visitor side of stadium.  3’s & 4’s partner up and gather by tires on home side off stadium.


Visitor Side:  Run visitor side bleachers alternating each time around running with and without sandbag.  When running without sandbag, knock out x20 uneven bleacher merkins at top of last set of stairs.  Repeat for 20 minutes.


Home Side:  Partner up for some bleacher Dora.  Man 1 runs home side bleachers.  Man 2 alternates from cone to cone running dragging tire and bear crawling pulling tire.  At each cone, knock out x5 mountain climbers.  Once man 1 runs home side bleachers, find partner and switch.  Repeat for 20 minutes.


After 20 minutes, whistle was blown for visitor and home side groups to switch.


Sprints (150, 150, 300):  Depending on number, you went to a different end zone corner cone to start.  Rabbits were given their own private corner cone so they could fight it out to the death and for ego supremacy.   On the whistle,  pax took off.   Not sure about at the other cones, but at rabbit cone, Purdy Mouth took gold on first 150, Woodchip on 2nd 150, and Groundblind on the 300.


Sprints (100 x2):  Goal line to goal line sprints on the whistle




Merkins (1 minute)

Jump lunges with hands in air (1 minute)

Wide Arm Merkins (1 minute)

x15 up/downs (lead by Groundblind and joined in circle by Coach Eisenhower)




Curahee (Q=Kllinger) & Prefonntaine (Q=StepShow) engage in turf war as both will be meeting at WarZone tomorrow morning (0530).

5K @ Governor’s School Saturday

HH @ Mac’s (5:30 Thursday)





Good effort by all.   I am proud to be a part of F3 Hartsville and was honored to have the opportunity to Q.  As I discussed during our devo, Iron sharpens iron and certainly did so today.   With only x1 100 left, the body language and comments of some indicated they were done.   As he often does, StepShow spoke up and said, “Come on.  You gotta dig deep!”.  Very true Stepper.   It is our job to push each other and not to quit on each other.  When we let off the gas, many around us will do the same.  After the Temple Wednesday, Chainsaw said, “I might go for a jog or go to the Y, but I sure as hell wouldn’t push myself like this by myself.”  Couldn’t agree more Wade.


Thank you to all of our Redwoods who got this whole thing started: Paperboy,  PawnStar, LoveBug, Chucky Cheese, Groundblind, Backdraft, Donkey Lips, Divac, Radar, Tater Salad,  ??

T-Claps to Benchwarmer who helped me steal sand in the rain last night to fill up x20 sandbags and load up my truck full of coupons.  Speaking of which, the entire Clinic has made my ballot for D.H.O.T.W. for not coming to help me and Holt.


While the entire Clinic made my ballot, BarFly might have distinguished himself just enough to receive my D.H.O.T.W. vote for shouting out the following insensitive and hurtful comment during my devo.  When I said, “I began F3 to”…….  That’s when that little turd cut me off and filled in my sentence with…… “To meet dudes?”


A big thanks to Dumper who was there in the parking lot when I rolled up at 0440 and proceeded to help me get set up.


Thank you as well to Coxswain, Linus, Lil Sweet, and Dumper for following me over to Brick Pile to help me unload.


Quote of the Day #1:  Just prior to kickoff, Stallion asks Sir-Mix-A-Lot, “You have keys to the concession stand?”


Quote of the Day #2:  During devo, Stallion tells Lil Sweet, “Let me take a knee so you can see.”


Post Workout GroupMe Quotes:

Groundblind:  “I put BarFly into the concussion protocol when we bumped heads during bear crawl.  He’s probably out 5-7 days at least. He started mumbling crazy things like he beat me in a race.”


BarFly responded by putting Goundblind atop his ballot for D.H.O.T.W.


Stallion: “Just had to walk upstairs for coffee.  F you @David Nutt.


Bowtie’s response:  “At least you  won’t have to walk far for cream.”


The “What the Hell Award” goes to D.J. Waterbug who supplied the motivational music.   On the day prior, Ferrell asked me what music I wanted.   I said, “Metallica, ACDC, Guns & Roses, etc.”  Well, evidently “etc.” means Elton John’s greatest hits.  Eisenhower, feel free to use that mixed tape to get the football team ready for the big game.


T-claps to Lil Sweet and Dumper for staying fully clothed throughout the course of the workout.


A huge thank you to Tater Salad for staying fully clothed throughout the course of the workout.


On behalf of Paula Dean, I want to offer a sincere apology to Lil Sweet and anyone else Paula D blinded with his nuclear powered miner’s light that when shined in Lil Sweet’s eyes almost caused him to tumble down the stairs.  This same forehead light, which Paula Dean evidently shimmied up a stadium light pole to steal and Gorilla tape to his head, nearly caused Benchwarmer to have a PTSD flair up from the “Headlamp Girls” who recently recorded kills on him running up The Temple.



DEVO:  I rambled a bit, but here is a recap of what I said or at least I meant to say.

This morning, we are here to celebrate our 3 year anniversary.  Me, I have been doing this for 2 years 10 months.  Some of you longer and some of you less.  Regardless of whether you have been doing this for  3  years or 3 weeks, there is  a reason why you keep  coming back and doing this stupid stuff in the rain and cold  when you  could be home in your warm bed.

A little over 3 years ago, a group of men met at The Rooster to discuss and learn about F3.  While I was not there, I’m sure the basic question asked was, “What is this F3 thing?”  While one answer / description was given, different individuals there may have possibly interpreted that message to be just a little different.   We’re humans; That’s what we do.  Once I had been coming to F3 for a while and was starting to feel established, it began to rub me wrong a little when some would say what F3 is and what F3 is not.   While there is certain structure and protocol that should be followed, my opinion is that F3 can sort of be what you need it to be as we have different needs and voids that F3 fills.  If I went to The Rooster or Mac’s with any one of you and said, “Tell me about this F3 thing.”  The answer I receive might differ depending on who I am asking.  For me, I was first attracted to the physical competition and I always wanted to win.  Over time, F3 Hartsville has gotten in better shape and additionally, some pretty athletic guys have joined the ranks.  On top of that, I have personally experienced some medical issues that keep me from going like I used to and like I want to.  It used to bother me and still does from time to time, but it no longer really about the winning.  For me, it is now more about the fellowship.  For someone else, it may be about something entirely different.  A year from now, it may have different meaning to you than it does today.  Skinny Pete said something a few months back that made a lot of sense and stuck with me.   Having just come off of ACL surgery, he took little to no time off.  His knee still hurts.  What he said that stuck with me was, “I endure the pain so I can enjoy the fellowship.”   If you are not there at the workouts, you will never truly feel the fellowship.  If you want to lead, you have to be there in the trenches sweating with the men.


The backs of our shirts say “Iron Sharpens Iron” and that is very true at F3.   It is also true in our homes.  Recently, my daughter Ann Frances completed reading the Bible.  Without my wife or I reminding her to do it, she read the Bible every night for 365 days until complete.  That inspired me.  About 3 weeks ago, I went to Burry, bought a 365 day Bible, and have begun to read.  I am going to finish it in a year.  As StepShow said following the workout, “I bet he tries to read it in 360 days to beat his daughter!”  Maybe so Stepper as it still is a little about the winning.


Reading the Bible every day, has also helped get me back on track to reading my daily devotions.  Speaking of devotions, I had a situation happen over the weekend, that really upset me.  No, it was not with anyone from F3!  Anyway, after 2 nights of sleep, I was no less angry and that is unusual for me.  I was contemplating confronting that person to get it off my chest.   With that on my mind, I sat down to read my daily devotion the other morning.   As soon as I opened to the page, I saw the devotion title, read the verse, and began to laugh out loud and told my wife, “You aren’t going to believe this.”  The title of the devo was LET GO TO MOVE ON.  The quote from Mark 11:25 read, “When you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive you for your sins.”  Well damn!   That was not what I wanted to read.  I wanted to be mad, wanted that person to know I was mad, and was not ready to forgive.  Couldn’t this devo come a few days later?  The truth is, that devo was just what I needed and like has happened to me so many times in the past year, was not ironic in its’ timing.  Later that day, I had another situation that angered me.  This one happened with the home health agency that comes out to put i.v. needles in my arm.  I was supposed to start my medicine back that day.  Due to a number of mistakes they made, they unapologetically told me they couldn’t come out that day.  Well, I didn’t handle that too well and temporarily lost my mind on the phone.  Not to long after getting off the phone where I might have told them I would just “jab the needle in my own vein”, I began to fill a little bad about the way I handled it.   Now, don’t get me wrong, I was no less mad about the situation.  I did however begin to think about my devo.  Again, I was not ready to forgive and wanted to stay mad.  What was I to do though, do what I wanted or do what the Bible told  me to do.  For the second time that day, I forgave.  To my surprise, I felt better both times I did.


My daughter sharpened me.  By going to F3 and being influenced by those there, I have become a better man and better father.   You sharpening me may have unintentionally helped me influence my daughter who in turn influenced me back.  Iron sharpens iron.


Prayer done and done well by Tater Salad.





Respectfully submitted by Bowtie