Words from a Father

Husband of One, Father of Four

Month: May, 2009

104. Underwater

Drift and listen to the subdued sounds when you are underwater.

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103. Fire

There are few things in life as good as outdoor grilling and the smell of a campfire.

102. Assemble

Assemble it yourself. It will teach you how it works, a bit about engineering, and give you pride in the quality of work you can produce. Besides, you’ll know how to put it back together if it breaks or when you have to move.

101. Quotes: Chesterton, Shakespeare, and Zacharias on Love’s Binding

“They have invented a new phrase that is a black-and-white contradiction in two words — ‘free love.’ As if a lover had been, or ever could be, free. It is the nature of love to bind itself, and the institution of marriage merely paid the average man the compliment of taking him at his word.”

—G.K. Chesterton, As I Was Saying

“Love is not love when it has been manufactured for the moment. Love is the posture of the soul, and its entailments are binding. [. . .] If we do not understand this, all we do is transfer a pathetic self-centeredness masquerading as love. [. . .] Love and sacrifice go together.”

—Ravi Zacharias, Can Man Live Without God

“There’s beggary in the love that can be reckon’d.”

—William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra (Act 1, Scene 1)

100. Critique

When receiving a critique — or hearing criticism — listen to their rationale, not their tone.

99. Support, Accountability

You haven’t experienced genuine support, community and accountability until you’ve been in a small group that ends their times of sharing individually by saying, “And with that, I’ll pass.”

98. Forthrightness

Say what you mean and mean what you say.

Corollary: say what you’re going to do, then do what you’ve said.

97. Trying

Just because something hasn’t been done before does not mean it shouldn’t be attempted.

96. Traditions

Continue family traditions and come up with a few things of your own that you do regularly. Pass them on.

95. Studying

Learn how to study well. Learn how to recollect what you’ve learned.

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