Archive for August, 2010

Seeing Things Dad’s Way

Aug 10th, 2010 Posted in Family, Kids and Parenting | no comment »

Pic of boy with his arm in a slingA recent mishap resulted in my son appearing as he does in the picture to the right of this text. After this accident, he began to see a few things the way that I had seen them prior, and related them to him as a warning. Simple things (from my perspective) about mu sub k, mu sub s, rotational inertia, velocity, and the requirement to wear protective gear. How did my son learn his lesson? Well, he got hurt. Though he broke nothing, his wrist is severely sprained and he may have tendon damage in his hand. He says that he sees things my way now, but time will tell. Read the rest of this entry »

Do You Have What It Takes?

Aug 4th, 2010 Posted in Faith, Men's Ministry | no comment »

Leonidas, William Wallace, and Clint Eastwood

I am a tireless proponent of strong, lion-hearted Christian men and my heart is roused in me when I hear, watch, or re-tell the stories from the pictures above. How then can I say that these representations of men are “not what it takes”?

While the men portrayed in the pictures above have characteristics that are precious today (because they are so rare), there is one aspect of our lives as Christians in which the approach that these men take to life will never work. Regardless their strength, their will, devotion to a cause, willingness to sacrifice all; there is one place where none of this will bring results… Read the rest of this entry »

Five Monkeys

Aug 3rd, 2010 Posted in Faith | no comment »

Monkey with a bananaFive monkeys were in a room that contained a table in one corner, and a banana hanging from a string in the middle of the room. The monkeys figured out that if they dragged the table to the middle of the room, they could climb up and grab the banana. So they did. As one of the monkeys quickly hopped up and reached for the banana, hidden compartments in the walls suddenly opened, releasing high-pressure cold water that knocked the monkey off the table and drenched the other four monkeys.

They quickly learned that whenever one of them climbed on the table, all of them were soaked with cold water. They realized climbing on top of the table was a bad idea. Unbeknownst to the monkeys, the high-pressure cold water hoses were disconnected and removed.

The next week, one of the five monkeys was removed from the room and replaced by a new monkey. The new monkey saw the table and the banana dangling from the ceiling… Read the rest of this entry »

Carrying My Wife

Aug 2nd, 2010 Posted in Family, Men's Ministry, Wife | one comment »

Those of you that know me personally already know that I so rarely propagate stories that I read on the internet, but this one serves a purpose. First let me say that, for those of you currently in a marriage that is breaking up – for whatever reason – there is no condemnation here, merely a call to all men in relationships to rise to a Higher Calling and to follow Ephesians 5:25 through action and heart change.

Carrying My WifeCarrying My Wife for 30 Days

When I got home that night as my wife served dinner, I held her hand and said, “I’ve got something to tell you”. She sat down and ate quietly. Again I observed the hurt in her eyes.

Suddenly I didn’t know how to open my mouth. But I had to let her know what I was thinking. “I want a divorce”, I raised the topic calmly.

She didn’t seem to be annoyed by my words, instead she asked me softly, “why”? Read the rest of this entry »