“For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.” ~ Romans 8:14-15
Relationships are the most valuable currency we have. Life is about connection. It’s about establishing trust. Nowhere is this connection and trust more important than with our family and friends.
But for many men, this connection of trust can be hard. It’s not because they don’t want those connections, it’s not that they don’t want to trust people but because of the hurts and heartaches that they have suffered, they’ve built walls around their hearts. Continue reading “Prison’s of Our Own Making”
“I’m not unhappy, I’m just tired.”
Folks, it’s official. I’m dad tired. Exhausted. Clinging to the end of my rope.
I’m not unhappy. I’m just tired! Continue reading “Dad Drained. Dad Tired”
“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”
“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”
“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”
“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”
“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”
“Children are naturally inclined to learn through observing the actions of others and then imitating those actions.”
“Actions speak louder than words, and it’s no more true than with your kids.”
– Brad Pitt
“Do as I say, not as I do.”
If you are anything like me, the utterance of this phrase will cause an immediate internal reaction akin to the eruption of a long dormant volcano. This type hypocritical statement is something that I will never understand. Unfortunately, it’s a statement I heard several times as a child. Continue reading “Do As I Say, Not As I Do”
“For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.”
We awoke to another tragedy this morning. Twenty-two people killed in a suicide attack at Manchester Arena in England. Children are among those killed, one girl only eight-years-old. It’s hard for me to wrap my mind around how someone could be so filled with hate as to bring about this type of devastation, especially when they target children.
My heart goes out to those parents who are suffering. I can’t imagine the anguish they must be going through. Continue reading “When We Can’t Protect Our Children”
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”