A Leader who takes responsibility for the Outcome
As F3 began to spread we boiled down everything that was needed to start a new workout to only three things: the location, the men who needed F3 in their Community and a Leader who could get things started. That is also the initial order of importance that we placed upon those three three things: first the location; second the men we wanted to help; and third the Leader who could get it started.
As a result of our early view of what we thought most significant, we spent a lot of time scouting out new locations for workout Groups. We looked for hills and tracks and trails through the woods. Ideally, new locations would have a jungle gym big enough for men to do pull-ups and decent grass on which to roll around. So we looked for that as well. Sometimes we found locations that had all these things, but we soon discovered their presence was no guarantee that a Group would succeed at that spot.
We also put together lists of men to gather to the initial session of our new Groups. We experimented with social networks in an effort to reach as many men as possible. We had theories about which cities would have the most likely population of men who would benefit from F3. With all the time we spent doing that, we were surprised to find that some of our most successful Groups were started in places of which we had never heard. Little towns, glorified truck-stops, places that were hardly on the map. F3 succeeded in the most unlikely places.
With all the time we put into finding the ideal location and right kind of men, we had little time left to invest in identifying the initial Leader. It didn’t matter that much, we thought, just as long as it was a guy who was willing to show up while the Group was in its initial growth stage. If it turned out that we had the wrong guy, the right guy would come along eventually and step into the Leadership role. We were sure of that, even though we had no evidence upon which to base that hopeful notion.
Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
Not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
“I hate that word: ‘lucky.’ It cheapens a lot of hard work.” –Peter Dinklage
“The greatest thin
g about having a child is putting yourself second in your own life. It’s a massive gift to be able to say you’re not the most important person to yourself.”
“Each person must live their life as a model for others.”
Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.
Daily Storytelling Time
The Five Finger Prayer
Use Your Fingers when you Pray
1. Thumb (people who are close to you)
Your thumb is nearest to you. So begin your prayers by praying for those closest to you. They are the easiest to remember. To pray for our loved ones is, as C.S. Lewis once said, a “sweet duty”.
2. Pointer (people who point the way)
The next finger is the pointing finger. Pray for those who teach, instruct and heal. This includes teachers, doctors, and ministers. They need support and wisdom in pointing others in the right direction. Keep them in your prayers.
3. Tall Finger (people in authority)
The next finger is the tallest finger. It reminds us of our leaders. Pray for the president, leaders in business and industry, and administrators. These people shape our nation and guide public opinion. They need God’s guidance.
4. Ring Finger (people who are weak)
The fourth finger is our ring finger. Surprising to many is the fact that this is our weakest finger; as any piano teacher will testify. It should remind us to pray for those who are weak, in trouble or in pain. They need your prayers day and night. You cannot pray too much for them.
5. Little Finger (your own needs)
And lastly comes our little finger; the smallest finger of all. Which is where we should place ourselves in relation to God and others. As the Bible says, “the least shall be the greatest among you.” Your pinky should remind you to pray for yourself. By the time you have prayed for the other four groups, your own needs will be put into proper perspective and you will be able to pray for yourself more effectively.
Use your daily routine of life to reinforce your prayer life:
When you first wake up – Praise your Creator
When you shower or bathe – Ask for cleansing of your soul; confess, repent & receive forgiveness.
When you eat – Give thanks not only for the food, but for your family, home, life, etc.
When you go to work or school – Pray for those with whom you come into contact