Category Archives: Rites of Passage

Summer in El Salvador

I dare to say that it is not uncommon that a father could live their entire life without spending an extended time alone with their children. If your children have yet to reach 16 or if they are already grown and have families, I would encourage you to plan an extended time one on one to give them your blessing. I set out to give my blessing to Summer, but I was the one who was so richly blessed. Continue reading

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Big Sky Backpacking

One of the great privileges a father has is to give his blessing to his son or daughter. To memorialize the fact that your love for them is beyond circumstances or performance. To celebrate their practice of making good choices that follow the values that you have taught and modeled for them. Continue reading

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I Got a Car and I Bought A Car

It seemed to fit all of our criteria, but our son was not excited about driving Grandma’s car. After talking with several friends we came to the following strategy. Continue reading

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This is my son in whom I am well pleased

I shared with Drew the characteristics of these men that I admired and allow each of these men to speak a word of affirmation and encouragement to Drew. I really had no formal agenda or ceremony, but allowed it to happen naturally over the 3 days we were together. Continue reading

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Parent Child Driving Contract

I thought I would share this driving contract with you with hopes that it will help you communicate the great responsibility of driving and provide boundaries you can agree upon. May God protect and keep our young drivers safe. Continue reading

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“Fun Is Dangerous” – Tex Robertson

While reflecting on all the harrowing adventures, the exhilaration and great fun that was had it was a wonder no one died or got seriously hurt. At that moment Tex told my friend Brian. “Brian, Fun is Dangerous”. Continue reading

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The Most Important Question You Will Ever Have To Answer As Parents

“Most important, knowing that you led your children to the Lord and will be with them in eternity will outrank every other achievement. All else will fade into insignificance.” Continue reading

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Intentionally Preparing Your Children and Those You Lead for Difficult Times

In our home life raising our kids or in our business life leading and managing our companies, being intentional and spotting teachable moments to coach your family and co-workers requires discipline. It requires discipline to prepare your mind to think higher thoughts, see through others eyes, hear through others ears, and have the spirit to speak the right words and wise counsel that the moment requires. As a mom, dad or manager you must prepare yourself for these moments. I am writing to suggest a few things to do to put yourself in a position to recognize and take advantage of these teachable moments. Continue reading

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Learning to Finish What You Start Even When The Project Doesn’t Work Out

My son was over his head and really would have preferred to back out of the project. My neighbor and I discussed the situation and recognizing this was as much about teaching a life lesson to my son as it was about fixing the problem thought it would be good to push through the problem and work toward a satisfactory solution. Continue reading

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How Can A Young Man Keep His Way Pure?

As fathers, mothers, and leaders of our family it is our responsibility to train our children to make good choices and know truth. At Baylor University I pledged a fraternity where each member Continue reading

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