Good Parents are Teachers…

When I was a kid I had a book called My Father Can Fix Anything, by Mabel Watts. I liked the book, but it kind of ticked me off that the writer thought that her father was as good at fixing things as my father.

The things that parents teach their children serve them in everything from getting them out of binds to helping them save money by making things last longer.

I heard a story this week about a young man who picked up a broken flat screen television. They took it home, did some research, and put an $18 capacitor in it. It works great. You wonder, “How did that guy know how to do that? Where do you learn that stuff?” He learned it from his father.

Parents teach their children.

This mp3 helps parents know how to be good teachers to their children.

Tina Turner was wrong. We need LOTS of heroes…

I’ve enjoyed watching the TV series, Heroes. But those people are not heroes – at least not most of them. Heroes are people who care for others — the others that God’s placed in their sphere of influence.

As I speak of heroes, I am not talking about being a hero to your family. That’s twentieth century thinking. We’ve been taught that you need to be a hero to your family. To your wife. To your kids. To your husband. You do. But I have come to see that if I am only a hero to my family, I am a pretty selfish person. God’s given you more people to look out for than your family.

Can you think of others God has given you to influence? To care for? What about the people you work with? Do they need a heroic influence in their lives? I would say they desperately need a real hero. If you, as a Christian, are not influencing them, who is? There’s a need for heroes in the workplace. What about the people in your church?  The people you go to school with. The people you hunt with. The people you hang out with. Can you be a hero to them?

As we consider this concept of heroes, I want to look to my favorite hero. I have a lot of heroes. Jack Lambert was a hero. Few men played linebacker like Lambert. He’d be banned from the game of football today. Tony Dungy is a hero. Tony is one of the strongest men I’ve ever encountered. The way he faced the suicide of his son was life-changing for those who looked on.

But the most heroic person in my life is Jesus. You knew I’d say that, right?

How God helps us in life’s difficulties…

Think about all the things you get ready for.

When you are a child, you get ready for school. Maybe you remember going shopping with your mother to get a book-bag or a lunch pail. As you grew up, you got ready for many other things. A date. A test at school. College.  And as time went on, you got ready for other things. Ready to get married. Ready for children. We’re told we need to be ready for those things. They are exciting things. Most of them are good things.

But who readies us for the things that aren’t exciting? Who helps us get ready for old age? For sickness? For heartache? For loneliness? For death? Those unpleasant things aren’t addressed by our society with the same energy as the pleasant things.

God addresses them. In Matthew 17:22-23, Jesus is addressing something that will be very difficult for his followers.  He’s addressed it before. And he keeps on addressing it.

Because it’s essential that you are ready for life’s difficulties.

This message speaks about how we can be more prepared for life’s difficulties.