Fathers…Superheroes or Superzeroes

Dads

“Would you tell me about your dad?”That’s one of my favorite questions to ask another person. Few inquiries surface strong feelings quicker. I’ve had people respond by turning fifty shades of red. Some have sobbed with disappointment. Others have come alive inside, smiling ear to ear as they tell me stories of the strength and compassion of their "old man.”I’ve never had anyone respond weakly to that question.I love the response that Tim Harris gave to NPR Storycorps. Tim lives in … [Read more...]

Driven By Dreams – Men Living Well

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Excerpt from Man on the Run:Dreaming is easy. The challenge lies in choosing the best dreams. In Ordering Your Private World, Gordon MacDonald recounts a conversation he had with his father. “Years ago my father suggested that one of the great tests of human character is found in making critical choices of selection and rejection amidst all of the opportunities that lurk in life’s path. ‘Your challenge,’ he told me, ‘will not be in separating out the good from the bad, but in grabbing the bes … [Read more...]

New Year’s Resolution #1

Man on the Run

Let's make something other than body fat our focus in 2013. If you’re like me, you’re doing a lot of reflecting on your life this time of the year. As I think of my hopes for 2013, many of my “resolutions” have been sparked by one verse in the Old Testament: Daniel 6:4“Then the high officials and the satraps sought to find a ground for complaint against Daniel with regard to the kingdom, but they could find no ground for complaint or any fault, because he was faithful, and no error or fault … [Read more...]

Slaying Dragons and Eating Peas

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What my nine-year-old son hears: I’m going to be gone for about a week…so you’re the man on the house, Son. You’re the one to slay the Kraken if he’s released in our neighborhood. You’d better sharpen all your weapons, lay them out on your bed, and be ready to use them. If someone breaks into our house, you’ll need to be the one to disarm him, render him helpless, and pin him to the floor with your ever-growing biceps until the police arrive. Do all this…and you’re the one who will be crowned Ki … [Read more...]

Let Them See You Sweat

Let Them See You Sweat

It’s strange what I remember from my childhood, and what I’ve forgotten. For example, I can’t remember a single birthday party from before I was six…but I can remember a commercial for women’s deodorant (Dry Idea, I believe) that ended with the phrase, “Never let them see you sweat.”“Never let them see you sweat”—this seems to be the mantra of many parents. A friend told me, “I want my son to grow up to see me as a someone who never lets people down. I don’t ever want him to see me fail.” … [Read more...]

Does Your Family Want You Home?

Do They Want You

“The kids…and I, to be honest…like it when he’s gone.”Michelle was at the end of her rope. She’d come in for advice on how to deal with her husband, Mark. As we talked, it became obvious that Mark’s presence in the home—like oil leaking into a fresh water aquifer—created a toxic environment.Mark was always on edge. Or stressed. Or quiet. Or grumpy. Sure, occasionally he was happy. But that’s the problem with Mark—those closest to him never knew what they were going to get when he walked i … [Read more...]


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