F3 Gastonia

Fitness, Fellowship, Faith

Day: October 21, 2019

No Q No problem

Didn’t have a Q scheduled so YHC went back to back on Starkville Q’s.

warm up:

cherry pickers

Don Q’s

Moroccan night clubs


the thang:

Honestly I was unprepared because for some reason I thought Bedpan’s Q was this week (it’s next week).  I consider this a Q fail on my part because I cannot remember everything we did but I know we got in some work.

we lunged each court and did 10 reps of various exercises and when we got finished we up’d to 15 then 20.  After all that we did some Mary….

good fellewship with Blart today.

prayer request: safety for the Tuna and the half marathon this weekend.  Also the Davenport family.

Preblast for F3 Impact Challenge


Modeled after the overwhelming success of the IronPAX challenge, F3 Coastal Empire has put together a challenge that will test your Region’s ability to give back to the community. We’ve proven that we can challenge each other physically. Here is a challenge that tests your ability to serve.

This challenge will be focused on 3rdF activities. There will be two challenges lasting 2 weeks each. The first challenge will be revealed on Sunday, 10/20. Pro tip: Get Creative once the challenge is released.

Let’s try this 3rd F challenge for the next 4 weeks. List your donations on their website www.f3savannah.com using F3 Gastonia region. If you prefer, we will also collect non-perishable food items for Mt. Holly CRO. Site Q’s collect and I will pick up and deliver. You can also follow on F3 Impact Challenge on Twitter.

Examples for first challenge:
Buying popcorn from the boyscouts. Donating jackets to goodwill. Collecting money as a group for a local charity. Canned food drive for your local food bank. Rounding up at the grocery store for charity. Unacceptable examples: not participating.

Here we go! Basic instructions on the challenge. Currently 18 Regions signed up. Where are you?

Forecasts are not reliable

As I was checking the forecast for early Sunday morning, I saw 80% chance of rain. I had the Q so I was geared up for a sloppy few miles but the rain never came. 11 strong men resisted the fartsack and the forecast and showed up to run. Pizza Man was running like he was on fire this morning. Seuss and SA were rolling along very quickly. Broke and Slaw were not too far behind with Blart chasing them. Tyson and Hulka were getting in a few fast miles before their half marathon next week. Medicine Woman and me were trying to keep the others in our sights. Mayor was doing some hill work so everyone got better today.
Q Source this week was about schooling. As High Impact Men we should always be STRIVING to get better and be more educated. Our Nantan always has a book or 5 to recommend. Podcasts are becoming an easy way to get more insight. Many of us attend churches where schooling is available. Let’s also remember to continue to listen to the men who have poured life lessons into you. I read a list of names of men who have helped me in many aspects of my life. It was my list. Think about the ones on your list but also STRIVE to be on someone else’s list. That will be a part of the “Leave Right” quadrant of your life!

Day 10: Love Is Unconditional

If someone were to ask you, “Why do you love your wife?” or “Why do you love your husband?” – what would you say?

Most men would mention their wife’s beauty, her sense of humor, her kindness, her inner strength.  They might talk about her cooking, her knack for decorating, or what a good mother she is.

Women would probably say something about their husband’s good looks or his personality.  They’d commend him for his steadiness and consistent character.  They’d say they love him because he’s always there for them. He’s generous.  He’s helpful.

But what if over the course of years, your wife or husband stopped being every one of those things.  Would you still love them?  Based on your answers above, the only logical response would be “no.”  If your reasons for loving your spouse all have something to do with his or her qualities – and then those same qualities suddenly or gradually disappear – your basis for love is over.

The only way love can last a lifetime is if it’s unconditional.  The truth is this: love is not determined by the one being loved but rather by the one choosing to love.

The Bible refers to this kind of love by using the Greek word agape(pronounced uh-GOP-ay).

It differs from the other types of love, which are – phileo (friendship) and eros(sexual love).  Both friendship and sex have an important place in marriage, of course, and are definitely part of the house you build together as husband and wife.  But if your marriage totally depends on having common interests or enjoying a healthy sex life, then the foundation of your relationship is unstable.

Phileo and eros are more responsive in nature and can fluctuate based upon feelings.  Agape love, on the other hand, is selfless and unconditional.   So unless this kind of love forms the foundation of your marriage, the wear and tear of time will destroy it.  Agape love is in “sickness and health” love, “for richer or poorer” love, “for better or worse” love.  It is the only kind of love that is true love.

That’s because this is God’s kind of love.  He doesn’t love use because we are lovable but because He is so loving.  The Bible says, “In this love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (1 John 4:10).  If He insisted that we prove ourselves worthy of His love, we would fail miserably.  But God’s love is a choice He makes completely on His own.  It’s something we receive from Him and then share with others.  “We love, because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19).

If a man says to his wife, “I have fallen out of love with you,” he is actually saying, “I never loved you unconditionally to begin with.”  His love was based on feelings or circumstances rather than commitment.  That’s the result of building a marriage on phileo or eros love.  There must be a stronger foundation than mere friendship or sexual attraction.  Unconditional love,agape love, will not be swayed by time or circumstance.

That’s not to say, though, that love which began for the wrong reasons cannot be restored and redeemed.  In fact, when you rebuild your marriage with agape as its foundation, then the friendship and romantic aspects of your love become more endearing than ever before.  When your enjoyment of each other as best friends and lovers is based on unwavering commitment, you will experience an intimacy that cannot be achieved any other way.

But you will struggle and fail to attain this kind of marriage unless you allow God to begin growing His love within you.  Love that “bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things” (1 Corinthians 13:7) does not come from within.  It can only come from God.

The Scriptures say that “neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39).  This is God’s kind of love.  And thankfully – by your choice – it can become your kind of love.  But first you must receive it and share it.

And don’t be surprised, when your spouse begins living confidently under its shade, if he or she doesn’t become even more lovable to you than you remember.  You will no longer say, “I love you because …” You will now say, “I love you, period.”

God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ dies for us.  

– Romans 5:8

Today’s Dare

Do something out of the ordinary today for your spouse — something that proves (to you and to them) that your love is based on your choice and nothing else.  Wash her car.  Clean the kitchen.  Buy his favorite dessert.  Fold the laundry.  Demonstrate love to them for the sheer joy of being their partner in marriage.

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