Ballard quits NFL for good…reasons

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I read a great Man on the Run-type of story this week: Minnesota Vikings’ standout, Christian Ballard, just quit the NFL. A 24-year-old man living his childhood dream and making almost $700,000/yr. walked away from professional sports. Why? Other things mattered more. Ballard told USA TODAY Sports: “Making that much money—that was fun. But money is still a material thing. You can always make money. You can’t make that time you lose with your friends and your loved ones. Time is something that yo … [Read more...]

The Sabotage of Sexual Sin

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From Robert Kennedy Jr.’s “Dirty Journal”: “Despite the terrible things happening in the world, my life is . . . great,” Kennedy wrote on Nov. 5, 2001.“So I’ve been looking for ways to screw it up. I’m like Adam and live in Eden, and I can have everything but the fruit. But the fruit is all I want.” The fruit Robert Kennedy Jr. wanted was sex with women other than his wife, Mary Richardson Kennedy. Robert kept a journal about his encounters with multiple women, assigning a number to the typ … [Read more...]

Friday Fun – Hummingbirds!

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From the movie "Ray": Ray Charles: I hear like you see. Like that hummingbird outside the window, for instance.Della Bea Robinson: [astonished] I can't hear her.Ray: You have to listen.Della: [closes her eyes and listens] YES!Ray: Yeah. Yes, you can... Uh-oh...did you hear that?Della: What?!Ray: Her heart just skipped a beat. We have several ruby-throated hummingbirds migrating through The Briar Patch these days. Their hearts (the size of a grain of rice) beat … [Read more...]

Fathers…Superheroes or Superzeroes

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“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...]

Fathers, Don’t Blow the In-the-Home QTR

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As we approach Father's Day, here are a few thoughts on the importance of being an active, engaged dad during the "in the home years." We never get them back.Excerpt from "Man on the Run" by Zeke PipherThe Most Important QuarterA man may get seventy, perhaps eighty years, on this earth before his last sunset. The time that our children live under our roof, needing us to wrestle, tickle, discipline, snuggle, bait hooks, and do the hundred other things dads are designed to do, lasts … [Read more...]

Helping Children Through National Tragedies

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“Did you hear that children my age probably died in that tornado today, Daddy?”Those were the first words out of my eight-year-old daughter’s mouth when I got home from work last night.I can’t imagine what it must be like to grow up in a day so filled with tragedy AND instant media coverage. When I was eight, I felt stressed about parent-teacher conferences, a bully at my school named Curtis, and selling Babe Ruth candy bars to raise money for my baseball team. My children are growing up … [Read more...]


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