The F3 SouthWake group has taken part in our marathon for the past three years. They dedicated this year’s race to one of the their members who, in 2017, was diagnosed with ALS. Here’s what F3 member Jason sent us following this year’s race:“I thought I would pass along how much this race and weekend means to our F3 brother Larry Falivena and all of our F3 group. I first traveled to Wrightsville to run the full in 2016 and Larry ran the half (in 1:56) that year. We had a few others from our Holly Springs/Fuquay F3 group join us that first year. We came back the following year in 2017 to both run the half and brought several others from our F3 group. Larry was slower this year finishing in 2:30 and soon after the race started to see doctors because he had noticed loss of feelings on one side of his body that year during training and during the race. A few months after the 2017 Wrightsville marathon the doctors gave him the diagnosis he was dreading, ALS. Larry returned last year in 2018 to run/walk the 5K with a large group of F3 brothers and again this year in 2019 to walk the 5K. While he needed some assistance this year with walking sticks, he never complained or said he couldn’t do it and crossed that finish line. Larry is an inspiration to so many. He makes the most of everyday and is fighting this thing with everything he has. We look forward to getting after it again next year with Larry by our side!”
For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”
Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,
Leaders Leading Leaders
A Little Boy Asking for a Job
A little boy named Tom entered a grocery store, and asked the store-owner if he could use the phone. The store-owner gave him permission. The boy picked up the receiver and punched in a seven digits phone number. The store-owner observed him and listened to the conversation.
Tom: “Hello, madam, I am looking for a lawn cutting job. Are you interested in hiring me?”
Lady (at the other end of the phone line): “I am sorry, but I already have someone to cut my lawn.”
Tom: “Madam, I can do this job for half the price of the person who works for you now.”
Woman: “This is a good offer, but I am not interested. I am very satisfied with the person who is presently cutting my lawn.”
Tom: “Madam, I could even sweep your sidewalk and your curb for free. Don’t you want to have the most beautiful lawn in all the neighborhood every Sunday?”
Woman: “Thank you, but as I have told you already, I am not interested.”
The boy smiled and replaced the receiver.
The store owner, who was listening to the conversation, walked over to the boy.
Store Owner: “Son…that’s an attitude you should be proud of. I like your positive spirit and I have a job to offer you if you are interested.”
Tom: “I thank you but I don’t need one.”
Store Owner: “Really? You were just pleading for one.”
Boy: “Actually Sir, I was just checking my performance at the job I already have!”