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”

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”

For My Children’s Children

“A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children…”

It’s hard to understand when we are young, that every decision we make will shape not only who we are but our future. We live for the moment and the enjoyment that it can bring, not thinking about consequences. Continue reading “For My Children’s Children”

Five Practical Ways to Be Intentional

Remember, being a great dad is not always easy. Being intentional is not always easy. But as the saying goes, nothing worth doing is every easy.

Ask any man if he wants to be a great dad or an ok dad and I guarantee that you will never hear a man say he wants to be anything less than a great dad. We want our kids to look back on their childhood with nothing but fond memories. Memories of when we took them out for ice cream, made a fort out of blankets in the living room, taught them how to fish or wrestles on the floor (can you tell I have yet to experience having a daughter).  We want them to remember important life lessons we taught them about compassion, empathy and giving their hearts to God. Continue reading “Five Practical Ways to Be Intentional”