Tuesday, January 12, 2016



Anger and Frustration mount in our nation while our president gives his last State of the Union address. Not because he is democrat or republican, not because he is white or black, capitalist or not. These are some of the reasons why there continues to grow...fear, frustration, and apathy, in regards to political involvement. 
1. Loss of Fathers: When our politicians, police, parents, pastors, teachers, coaches, doctors, bankers and layers all give up their primary role as fathers in the home, in the city and nation, we leave our families and young people exposed. Our president has long lost the presence of a father. He seems to be proficient and accomplished in many areas, but he has lost the art of fathering the nation. Those mentioned above have been so focused on comfort, materialism, self advancement, video games, internet porn, bigger TV's and nicer cars, acting like children in adult form. For that we all suffer
2. Loss of Statesmanship: There used to be a national respect for the offices of leadership in government. When the President makes jokes, acts commonplace and speaks condescending to those who do not think like he does, statesmanship is lost. Scolding congress or other groups is poor taste and proof that he has no real solution ready to be executed. It's "their fault" is the cry of a poor statesman. 
3. Loss of Leadership: This President made scolding comments to others about the trappings of getting elected. His presidential campaign spent the largest amount of money in campaign history. "Telling" is not leadership. Blame is not leadership. Saying he "will" be bipartisan then 7 years later telling the people "he can't do these things on his own". Meaning, he can't actually meet people across the isle, compromise, influence and win over the others who might not follow his political party. Instead, he "tells" us about how it ought to be done, while using executive orders to execute on issues he could not influence congress to move on. That is the very definition of loss of leadership. This is not because he is a democrat, it is simply because he has become a great campaigner and poor leader. Leaders lead, everyone else talks
4. Lastly, we struggle as a people to trust, give involved and flourish in our political beliefs and systems because leaders like our present President are frankly, too inexperienced and inept to carry the weight of the station their advertising support systems purchase for them. He is simply too young, too inexperienced, too limited and too fragile. Like me and every young leader, he tends to talk a good game, without the wisdom, trials, failures and successes possessed by many of the sage-like leaders of years past. 
No leader is perfect. This president solved some problems and created others. He carried us through the past seasons the best he could, I really believe that. 
I'm not sure the republicans or independents, or any other party, for that matter, could have done better. I just hope to see humility, leadership, age, experience, wisdom and more strategic direction from a person who remembers how to be an elected citizen, not a professional politician - something I believe this and many other Presidents have forgotten. 
I have not lost hope, but my hope is in a Supreme God of all Nations, a Gospel message to all People and a Living Church for all time. 


My oldest daughter shares the name of a queen. "Elizabeth".  

One of the most common names in the world, I think. 

It's meaning is "consecrated to the Lord" - which means she is set apart for Him. 

That is true, for sure. However, she is also just a firstborn, like her mother, like her father. She is special to me and to the Lord, but she may struggle with some of the same things we all do. 

One of the primary struggles, as referenced in another post, for those of us who are firstborn, is REST

Click the link below and enjoy her take on this challenge. 

Read the post: NAKED POST: How to be still


Monday, January 11, 2016




I love the good guy. Batman, Superman, Captain America, Hulk, Lone Ranger, oh yeah...Will Smith (MIB, iRobot, Bad Boys, Hitch) They love to save the day, beat the bad guy, get the girl and save the cat, to quote Donald Miller. 

What I love about Captain America is his view of teamwork. He is a Captain by virtue that he has a team to lead. 

One quote from his movie says, 
"Soldiers trust each other, that's what makes it an Army"

Most heroes fly solo and get all the glory. The Captain works with a team and shares both the stress and the glory. He is a Super Soldier, but truth is, his power lies in his function inside a team, an Army.  

I love stories where there are teams. I love stories where the team is a family. I know it is old fashioned, but I love stories about families like the von Trapp family, Seventh Heaven, Little House on the Prairie, The Jefferson's, and even the family from Fresh Prince. 

I love the conflict, the resolution, the commitment to be restored after the fight of the day, and the way everyone gets to play their own part. 

I even like the modern show Parenthood. Shanna hates the show because the people are so jacked up. It's frustrating watching them not getting help or getting better. I like the show for that exact reason, they are all jacked up. Actually, I told Shanna I liked it because just about every dysfunction a family could experience exists within that one family, and yet, they stay connected. 

We all need a team. We need friends. We truly need a family.

I am more convinced than ever to stop fighting with or against my family, and to begin trusting God and each other, as soldiers "FOR" the same cause, the same mission. As an Army of family members we must decide each day, what side we will be on and what battles to fight. 

Fight hate with love
Fight doubt with trust
Fight accusation with grace
Fight discouragement with hope
Fight disappointment with focus
Fight anger with joy
Fight apathy with prayer
Fight short tempers with patience
Fight criticism with kindness
and finally, 

Fight wasted years with new plans to turn back to your family, to become a stronger Army, to serve each other and with each other, and to receive the victory promised to those in unity around one mission, the mission God set us all on, to Love One Another.  



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