This is review week. In this podcast, we'll try to tie all the pieces together and also introduce some critical understanding which can help any Dad to father more effectively. These ideas are not new. The challenges to fathering in this more intentional way are many. But the results can be great. Let's dig in.
November 28th, 2015
November 22nd, 2015
Happiness, Contentment, Life-Satisfaction, Joy. These are objectives or motivating factors in the lives of most people, even people who would deny that. They will certainly be motivating factors in the lives of our children. Truthfully, when centered and guided, they are excellent motivators. Yet when we chase after happiness alone, unguided by higher principles, we find that it crumples and decays while still in our hands. We watch it evaporate and even rot while still fresh and new. So we chase after more. What we've tasted for moments we crave more of. It becomes a drug whose last fix isn't quite enough to make us quite as high this time around.
What if there were another way? What if there were actually secrets to joy and contentment which could be found, yet they would never be found by looking where most look or doing what most do? Would we want to know? Would we want to be able to share these insights with our children so they could pursue genuine life satisfaction in the right ways? Yes of course this is something every good parent would want. Let's look at that today.
November 15th, 2015
Is success normal? Is failure abnormal? We know what success looks like, and we know what failure looks like. We know, because we have both observed and experienced each. Perhaps not on a grand scale, but at least at a knowable level. Yet it is success which we sometimes believe is the natural and normal course of effort. Perhaps there's another way of asking the question. Is either a final outcome? Is success once achieved a final and irrevocable result? That depends on the way it's defined, doesn't it? What about failure? Is that also a final and irreversible outcome? Again, how we define it will determine how can should answer.
Let's take some time to consider the nature and scope of failure this week.
November 8th, 2015
This week we'll explore the importance of character. Character isn't actually what most people believe it to be. We'll break things down in this teaching and discussion session, so you can appreciate the foundation for character, the challenges to our character, and why - ultimately - we say that there isn't good or bad character, but instead strong and weak character.
Let's take a closer look.
November 1st, 2015
Did you know that the skills and character traits needed to be great at earning money are not the same ones needed to manage money. I hope you do, but if not, you as a father must know the differences and the skill needed to be a great manager. As a great Dad, you also want to be certain that your children grow up and grow into a full understanding of both these sets of skills.
Let's look at that this week.
October 25th, 2015
One important part of raising up young adults who are ready to launch is helping them to understand both the value and purposes for work. Every human should make a contribution to the betterment of many. Every young adult should be fully mindful of the "fist in the water" principle. Place your fist in a bucket of water and pull it out. The water looks no different for the influence of your fist. Leave the fist in the water for a very long time before pulling it out. Still looks the same. The water gives no evidence of your fist having ever been there. Arriving at the end of a life well lived should never place us in the position of the fist and the water. We want to know that in some or even many ways, people, places and things are noticeably different as the result of our extend presence.
October 17th, 2015
In this first of a 6 part series entitled "Every Father Needs to Know" we'll explore one of the things every young adult should know before leaving home. We can sum it up with this single sentence: "Almost everything which you do in this life will be done with, for, or through other people". Because that statement is both true and obvious, and because it passes careful scrutiny, it is one of a handful of things which are central to the success of any adult. Let's dig deeper in this topic today.
September 19th, 2015
This recording was made at the kick-off to the new fall series "Every Father Needs to Know". There are important ideas which every father should be thinking about.
September 13th, 2015
Have you ever paused for a couple of minutes one day only to discover that you were going through the motions of life but without any clear purpose or reason? Have you ever been caught in a funk of daily life and been disappointed with the gap between who you wanted to be as a person and how you were living in the moments of life? Today, we'll begin a new several part series in which we explore how that happens to all of us a Christ-Followers, and how we may be able to break out of those traps.
August 29th, 2015
Is great leadership a scarce commodity? Or are there other things at work which seem to undermine the potential effectiveness and accomplishments of those who lead in any area of life? If it possible that solid leadership would or could co-exist with large and complex problems? If that could be true, then what does leadership really accomplish, or why does it not achieve the resolution of great dilemmas?
Let's consider why it might be possible for great leadership to be undermined. Let's also consider why problems may not vanish when confronted by a forceful leader with a great vision.