Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.
1 CORINTHIANS 16:13-14 NASB
How do we “Act like men”?
There is a pervasive poison in our society that pushes men toward unacceptable behaviors. It is true that there does exist a population of overly aggressive men. But there is now becoming an even larger population of men who have no idea what it means to be a man or a leader.
The answer is to allow the Holy Spirit to guide you in your actions and thoughts. And any thoughts or actions contrary to the fruits of the spirit should be avoided (Galatians 5:22-26). Take the lead on something and own it, and do the hard things that benefits someone outside of yourself. Step out in faith and give God the glory when He brings you through.
Don’t miss it when your faith is being tested and don’t allow false doctrine and “modern manhood” cause you to be something you are not. Act like men. Be strong and bold in your faith. But let all that you do be done in love.
Do man things. Get dirty. Lead by example. Act in manly ways. Don’t be a pushover, and if you are attacked be prepared to defend yourself. Just always make sure you are not the aggressor. Treat all people with respect and love your neighbor as yourself. Help protect those who are unable to protect themself. Give generously and without grumbling. Provide for your family physically, emotionally and spiritually. Hold your brothers in Christ accountable.
And remember to allow your emotions to have a healthy outlet. Find a good friend to vent to and allow them to vent as well. Allow your gym time to be an outlet for reducing stress and frustrations.
Pray about fleshly temptations and find ways to keep yourself busy so you don’t focus on those desires. Tame your flesh. Go for a run, go lift weights, get on a bike, do something to focus your body on something other than the temptations that harm us and others. Find a group of men that will encourage you and make you a better man. And you too can help them grow.
Take care of yourself through meditating on God’s Word, doing Bible studies, reading books to help you understand your strengths and weaknesses, and then learn how to capitalize on those.
Doing this will help all of us to keep ourselves in alignment with who God wants us to be emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Act Like Men.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. Let us not become boastful, challenging one another, envying one another.
Galatians 5:22-26 NASB
May the fourth be with you! Sorry, had to say it.
It’s Saturday and for the last 4 weeks that means an F3 beatdown workout with the men of F3 Northwest Arkansas.
Drumstick came to town from Georgia and was the main Q for the workout. He usually posts with F3 Cherokee, but is helping us get started in Arkansas.
We endured a great set of full body exercises and a good bit of mumblechatter. I think some of the men were counting by fives. But that’s okay because you exercise at your own pace.
One of the biggest reasons I decided to stick with this group is the purpose behind the crazy.
Fitness, Fellowship and Faith are the three Fs. And that matched the mission statement of OneChristianMan almost too well.
The creators of F3 wrote a book called Freed To Lead to explain why men need this F3 thing, and I agree. They also have a women’s group called FiA, because we all need this.
We need to keep our bodies, friendships and faith strong. This helps make sure we don’t fall into what the book calls SadClown syndrome.
God did not create us to be alone. The horrible epidemic of suicide among men is proof that our brothers are struggling with issues that are not being remedied by our social media heavy non-contact culture.
F3 helps men improve fitness, build real friendship bonds like they have not experienced in a long time, and strengthen their faith.
It’s like being on your high school or college sports team again, but with slightly more mature teammates.
Bonds are built with sweat and dirt. The workouts are held only outdoors all year long. They are free, open to all men and peer led. And as each man starts helping Q a workout he builds leadership skills and confidence over time.
Fellowship and faith come as you add in extra activities like lunches, hiking and trail runs, lake trips, etc. And faith is built by doing community service type work and fundraising events for special causes. Prayer and Bible studies are encouraged and are by invitation.
The Q of each workout is free to finish the workout with a prayer and testimony during a closing time called the Circle of Trust. But no one religion is preferred. Of course they will all know where I stand.
During the Circle of Trust the men each tell their birth name, age and F3 name. New guys tell about who they are and are given their new F3 name by the Q. The name is usually funny and/or somewhat insulting based on Qs preference and the friendly new guys (FNG) story. But everyone is acknowledged and respected.
My F3 name is Huckleberry, because I said my favorite movie is Tombstone.
Well, Huckleberry, is now the site Q for the F3 Northwest Arkansas Genesis AO. I see this as a ministry and I am using fitness as the lead in. Yeah, I’d say F3 fits right in with the purpose of OneChristianMan and I don’t believe in coincidences.
Leave no man behind, but leave no man where you find him. @F3Nation
What is your next goal? Do you have one?
Sometimes after we achieve our career or fitness goals we struggle to ever move much past them.
When we don’t set new goals, we lack a motivating catalyst to move us forward.
We don’t take any more ground. We are stuck in this one foxhole of life achievement and just take aimless shots occasionally at the hidden obstacles ahead of us.
We must set new and bigger goals of we ever plan to move forward and take new ground.
It takes courage, dedication, faith and a willingness to do things that you may not like to do. And you know what those things are for you.
Set a new goal, make it a hard one, and go for it.
Failure is learning and a new beginning, but success is an end.
“Why did Hayes (Yazoo) just invite me to this F3 thing? Looks like some weird workout group thing.”
This is what I was thinking two weeks ago when a buddy of mine sent me an invite on Facebook to this F3 event. The worst part, it was starting at 6:30 AM on Saturday. 🤣
I hit the “interested” button with no real intention to go. But I didn’t want him to feel totally rejected.
Then it’s like three days before the event and he messages me. “Hey, Johnathan, are coming Saturday? I need a count to order chick-fil-a biscuits.”
Yes sir. I’ll be there with bells on. Thank you!
It’s hard for me to pass up free fried chicken in a biscuit. I was raised in Alabama. And I thought I might work off half the calories during our little Male bonding talk thing.
Apparently he was putting me in an EH (emotional headlock).
So, I rolled myself up out of the Fart Sack (F3 term) and headed to the Genesis workout for F3 NWA.
Well, somehow Yazoo had tempted fourteen men to show up to this thing. Surely due to the buttery chicken filled biscuits of Chick-fil-a.
I was there at about 6:20 and sat in my truck, introvert, until about 6:25. I got out, shook a few hands, and as soon as 6:30 struck this dude, whose name I had already forgotten, said “Let’s go” and took off running.
Nobody even knew we were supposed to be stretching. We were gone and running in the near dark “gloom” of the morning, into the wet morning dew of ankle deep grass. We didn’t know this guy from Atlanta, but our ignorant selves chased after him anyway.
He yelled over his shoulder, “we start on time and end on time.”
Well, now y’all wouldn’t know it, but I don’t care much for dirty. And I definitely did not dress for a hard, wet and muddy type event. I was wearing wind pants and a thin long sleeve shirt over my UA compression shirt.
I actually thought I would still need to run two miles after this event just to work off that biscuit.
Not so Jack! That guy, the Q, worked our “six” (backside) off.
We combined sprints, burpees, core killers and many other exercises that ensured that we all were sweaty, covered with dirt, grass, and encouraging each other to finish strong.
We even used boulders from the drainage ditch to Flintstone our upper body into pain while a partner bear crawled to a tree twenty yards and back. Have you ever done military presses with a twenty five pound rock?
After the Q finished with us he circled us up and had us tell about who we are, and the group gave us a short F3 nickname that is funny and slightly insulting.
I’m your Huckleberry. Yes, my F3 name is Huckleberry. Because I said Tombstone is my favorite movie.
After picking names for the FNGs (friendly new guys), and we all were, we had a minute for the Q to close in prayer.
Well, I had a great time. I met new men from the community and started building bonds that I never would have while just staying in the gym.
Better yet, my exercise chest strap tells me I burned over 800 calories in that hour! That’s really good for me. I’d have to run seven miles to burn that many calories.
Now it’s my turn to put someone in an EH and get them to post at the next workout, and hope my shoes are dry by next time.
F3 is free and they meet in cities around the U.S. You just find a location and show up. F3 stands for Fitness, Fellowship, and Faith.
I know I have a few SadClown buddies who need this type of fellowship.