Of Graves and Shadows

When I became a young man I desired to be dad. Something in me wanted to impart life-giving truths to the next generation. I wanted someone on my shoulders seeing farther than I did.  I however, never anticipated the moment I would find myself upon a hill in our family forest, digging a grave.  I dug and chopped through frost and root-laden soil to bury our long-time family friend, our golden retriever, Montana.

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Lessons from a Kid Picked Last

Youth football player

It was nearly 29 years ago to the day at my high-school football banquet.  The coach – Coach Buckel – went through each player on the team and shared some glowing remarks about each of them.  Anticipating the shower of compliments with both of my divorced parents in the room he got to the very last player and…and…nothing.  He skipped right over me! I shrunk down into my seat hoping the earth would swallow me up. My friends spoke up and told the coach he forgot about me.  So he sheepishly brought me up and made up a few words and quickly moved on. Now I wasn’t his star player for sure, but I never missed a practice and regularly took beatings at the hands of the first team all year. Continue reading “Lessons from a Kid Picked Last”

Three Strategies for Raising Kids with Character

As a father of four kids, I want to address a great need in our world — kids with character.

I want my children to achieve greatness with their life. Kim and I have pushed them to succeed academically. We have encouraged each of them to flourish in an art and a sport. Many parents want their students to flourish in these ways, however, if they lack character, their success in other areas will leave them deeply flawed. Our nation doesn’t need any more educated brats or athletic punks. Our culture creates a challenging environment that feeds the narcissistic lusts of human nature making it a challenge to raise kids with character.

There are, however, some strategies to help you guide them in their character development.

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Dear Daughter, Lets Talk About Boys and Clothes, Pt. 2

modesty pic alli

Dear Daughter,

I want to follow up with our previous conversation about clothes. Recall that I mentioned spring is arriving and with it proms, passions, and new fashions. You’re old enough now to be aware of the world around you. You may have noticed that the world contains funny, awkward, smelly and sometimes cute boys. These creatures have weird powers to influence you to dress, talk, or act certain ways. I’m writing this short series of notes to let you in on the secret mind of the male as it relates to how you dress and act. Most girls do not understand what I am about to tell you. Consequently, they dress, talk, and act in ways that will cause the opposite effect they are going for. I want to share with you what guys think about what girls wear and give you insight into the positive power of modesty. Continue reading “Dear Daughter, Lets Talk About Boys and Clothes, Pt. 2”

Dear Daughter, Lets Talk About Boys and Clothes, Pt. 2

modesty pic alli

Dear Daughter,

I want to follow up with our previous conversation about clothes. Recall that I mentioned spring is arriving and with it proms, passions, and new fashions. You’re old enough now to be aware of the world around you. You may have noticed that the world contains funny, awkward, smelly and sometimes cute boys. These creatures have weird powers to influence you to dress, talk, or act certain ways. I’m writing this short series of notes to let you in on the secret mind of the male as it relates to how you dress and act. Most girls do not understand what I am about to tell you. Consequently, they dress, talk, and act in ways that will cause the opposite effect they are going for. I want to share with you what guys think about what girls wear and give you insight into the positive power of modesty. Continue reading “Dear Daughter, Lets Talk About Boys and Clothes, Pt. 2”

Dear Daughter, Let’s Talk About Boys and Clothes Pt. I

Modesty

Dear Daughter,

Spring is arriving and with it proms, passions, and new fashions. You’re old enough now to be aware of the world around you. You may have noticed that the world contains funny, awkward, smelly, and sometimes, cute boys. These creatures have weird powers to influence you to dress, talk, or act certain ways. I’m writing this short series of notes to let you in on the secret mind of the male as it relates to how you dress and act. Most girls do not understand what I am about to tell you. Consequently, they dress, talk, and act in ways that will cause the opposite effect they are searching for. I want to share with you what guys think about what girls wear and give you insight into the positive power of modesty. Continue reading “Dear Daughter, Let’s Talk About Boys and Clothes Pt. I”

There is No Pill for “Can’t”

I’ve recently been working as a tutor and self-defense instructor for a group of junior-high and high- school boys through the Joseph Center. The Joseph CeGame in a mobile phone is more interesting, than on the pianonter is a ministry devoted to helping boys mature into men who know who they are as sons (adopted by their heavenly Father), leaders, lovers, protectors and providers. More than once I’ve come home grieved at where they are as young men. (Not all of them for sure. But enough to spot a trend.)

It comes down to this: There is no pill for “can’t.”  Continue reading “There is No Pill for “Can’t””