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Gospel and Life Entwined

“Preach Christ continually…”

There is a quote by Francis Assisi that I have always loved, it says, “Preach Christ continually and when necessary use words.” At no time in life has this quote become more poignant then since I have become a father and a husband. Too often my go-to for conveying changes or desires that I think are necessary for my family to draw closer to Christ has been through my words but sadly my actions haven’t always matched up. Continue reading “Gospel and Life Entwined”

The Student Becomes the Teacher

“While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.”  – Angela Schwindt

When I first found out I was going to be a dad, I began to dream about all the things I wanted to teach my son. What I had not prepared for were all the things my son would teach me. Continue reading “The Student Becomes the Teacher”

You Must Choose Wisely

“He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.”

Growing up one of my favorite movie franchise’s was Indiana Jones. Toward the end of the third film, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Indy is in search of the Holy Grail when he encounters an ancient Knight Templar who poses a choice to Indy. He is shown several cups ranging from the simple to the richly adorned and he must choose which is the Grail. Choosing the wrong cup would have dire consequences. Continue reading “You Must Choose Wisely”

Generation of Chaos

“For God is not the author of confusion…”

I know what I’m about to share isn’t going to be popular with a majority of the world. I know not everyone shares my Christian values, although if you are following a Christian blog, I assume you do. But I have to be honest and speak from my heart. It’s my duty as a man and as a father. As the old adage says, you must stand for something or you will fall for anything and my heart breaks for what this world is becoming — in the name of becoming more tolerant, we are losing everything that makes us civilized. Continue reading “Generation of Chaos”

From “Not the Momma” to Superman

“My dad was Superman to me, and in my mind he always will be.”

A child goes through many transitions in the first 12-months of their life. Most of those transitions will involve their mom, as a baby naturally relies on her for most of his or her needs. For a dad, it can be hard at times to look at the bond building between mother and child in that first year and not feel a little pang of jealousy. Continue reading “From “Not the Momma” to Superman”

I Am Not the Dad My Son Deserves

“A father is a man who expects his son to be as good a man as he meant to be.”

Since early childhood, I’ve dreamed of being a dad. A year ago, that dream became a reality with the birth of my son. In the year since his birth I’ve discovered one inescapable truth, I am not the dad my son deserves. Continue reading “I Am Not the Dad My Son Deserves”

Odd Moments and Scraps of Wisdom

“What we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments…”

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” -Proverbs 22:6

It’s a big world, at times a scary world and some day I’ll watch as my son steps out into that world. My son is only 1-year-old, so I have a bit of time before this happens but when I sit and think about all the things I want to teach him first, 18-years doesn’t seem like enough time. Continue reading “Odd Moments and Scraps of Wisdom”

The Law of the Garbage Truck

“What you allow is what will continue.”

We have all been there at one time or another.

The morning held such promise but then on the commute to work, you get cut off and given the one-finger salute. You walk into work and a colleague who is two busy texting to watch were they are walking bumps into you, spilling your morning coffee down the front of you shirt.  Your boss then calls you into his office to unload a tirad that clearly has more to do with his unhappiness than it does with you or your work.

With each encounter you feel a weight of descend on your shoulders. You notice that every little inconvenience throughout the day just causes you more frustration and disappointment.  Continue reading “The Law of the Garbage Truck”