The following is another video about “Team Hoyt.” An interview with both Dick and Rick. My favorite part is about 5 minutes into the video when they asked Rick, “what’s the first thing you’d do if you weren’t handicapped?” You know what he says? Sorry, you’ll have to watch it yourself. It’s much more powerful that way
Together, Dick and Rick Hoyt (Team Hoyt) have run in marathons, competed in triathlons, and once even trekked 3,700 miles across America. It’s truly astounding when you consider that Rick Hoyt is unable to walk or talk. But with Dick supplying the ability and dedication and Rick the inspiration and motivation, Team Hoyt exemplifies the power that is in “Together.”
The Scriptures tell us “two are better than one” for God designed us to live in community and accountability with one another. Other Christians help reprove, refine, and ultimately reinforce our walk with Christ. Separated, we are weak. Together, we are strong.
I don’t have all the answers to raising children, but here are 5 ingredients you can add to your children’s lives to impact them in a positive way:
1. Model your values and integrity. Don’t be the parent that says one thing and then does another. Be the parent that’s brave enough to get up and turn off a television show that doesn’t need to be on. Don’t lie for your kids to get them out of trouble. Let your children see you consistently living what you preach. Be consistent.
3. Love your children. There are different ways to spell love. T-I-M-E spells love. You can’t have quality time with out quantity time. Love is spelled L-I-S-T-E-N. Your kids know when you’re listening and when you’re not. Love is spelled T-O-U-C-H. It’s important to touch your children. Nothing is better than one of my children’s arms around my neck, whether they are 17 or 5 years old. Love is spelled R-U-L-E-S. Believe it or not, it really is.
4. Serve with and to your children. Let your children see you serve others and have them serve others with you. It’s so important for our children to learn to serve others without expecting something in return.
5. Commit to the Bible. Teach them the truth of God’s word. Teach them about God’s loves and about having a relationship with Him. Teach them that God will never leave them and will always forgive them. Today our children don’t need a small dose of God but a large dose.
Last month I had a lot of fun posting about“Christmas when I was a kid.” Since today is birthday time, I thought I’d mention something about birthdays when I was a kid.
As I mentionedpreviously, I grew up in a large, blended family of 9. Since Mom stayed home to take care of our “Brady Bunch,” Dad’s job was the only source of income. We didn’t have a lot of our own things growing up. Instead, we mostly shared everything we had. The seven kids shared one bathroom. It didn’t bother me too much. I didn’t need a lot of time to get ready anyway.
Birthdays were pretty special. I loved that my birthday always fell a couple of weeks after Christmas. Then I could always ask for the things I didn’t get at Christmas, or the new things the neighbor kids had.
I’m not sure what the plan is for my 41st birthday today, but I hope it includes my boys. I’ve also asked my sweet wife, Lea, to include a little macaroni and tomatoes on the menu. Just for old times! So what special things did your family do for birthdays when you grew up?
I love email, and I hate email all at the same time. Let me tell you why … Here are the reasons I like email: It’s quick. No paper, no pen and no stamps. Hit the “send” button and it’s there! It’s amazing what I can accomplish with email, and it’s amazing how fast I […]Full Story »
An AP poll was released last week that included these categories: Worst role models:1. Britney Spears (29%)2. Paris Hilton (18%)3. Mel Gibson (12%)4. Tom Cruise (9%)5. Michael Richards (6%) Best role models:1. Oprah (29%)2. Michael J. Fox (23%)3. George Clooney (12%)4. Angelina Jolie (8%) Biggest villains:1. George Bush (25%)2. Osama bin Laden (8%)3. Saddam Hussein […]Full Story »
Things that live, must grow. If a baby doesn’t grow we take it to the doctor to see what’s wrong with it. If a farmer plants seeds that don’t grow they are fertilized to stimulate growth because you must grow to live. How about spiritually? The Bible says you are supposed to be growing up […]Full Story »
Here is a quick question for you to think about today. Is there such a thing as “Christian Maintenance?” Do we maintain our Christianity? Notice I didn’t say “maintain our salvation” because I know I don’t maintain my salvation … God does. But what about maintaining my spiritual growth? I preached this past Sunday about […]Full Story »
Due to a few accidents, problems and down right craziness in our home, we’ve often been told that the television show “Home Improvement” could have been based on the Morgan family. I believe God knew this, and that’s why He sent Lea into our lives. She does a “Superwoman” job of being both a mother […]Full Story »
The New Year is upon us. Do you have a New Year’s Resolution? Well, if you’re like most Americans (88 percent according to a recent poll), you have at least one resolution. And, if you are like the majority of these promise-makers, your resolution is probably related to health and fitness. But how about some […]Full Story »
Wow, what a weekend. Christmas was great, but the Dallas Cowboy game was a bitter pill to swallow. I’m still pretty much in shock. As most of you know, our family attended the game (if you want to call it that) in person. I can’t get over the fact that I spent months stashing back […]Full Story »
Saw “Night at the Museum” this weekend. Loved it. Well worth the time and money. If you’re looking for a holiday movie to watch … this one is for the whole family. I always want to put a plug in for a good clean movie. —————————————————— Go Cowboys: I’ll be in Dallas for Christmas with […]Full Story »
Not long ago while traveling in the car, we played a game to help pass the time. We tried to see how many spiritual applications we could make out of road signs we passed. We came up with a bunch. Here’s a few… NO U-TURN: Jesus said in Luke 9:62, “No one who puts his […]Full Story »
For the past three weeks every kid in America has been able to tell you exactly how many days until Christmas. They’ve had a hard time falling asleep just because they’re anticipating Christmas. This time of year you’ll hear phrases like, “I’m so ready for Christmas,” and “I can’t wait until Christmas.” How do you […]Full Story »
FIRST: I think it would have been better for me if Jesus would have ended the “lost” stories of Luke 15 with the story of the Prodigal Son. Instead he added the “older brother” into the story. When he did, he added me into the story. Ouch. SECOND: I think I need a better understanding […]Full Story »
Thought I’d share a favoring story of mine told by a great storyteller, Tony Campono. You’ll forgive me for the length of the story once you start reading. It’s well worth your time. Campolo, tells a story of being in Hawaii a few years ago for a Christian conference. It was 3:00 in the morning, […]Full Story »
I grew up in a large family with little money. There were 9 of us in all. I had 5 sisters and a brother. My family survived on the one check my dad brought home each week. $114 a week to take care of all nine of us. Christmas’ were the best. We’d start asking […]Full Story »
I was picking up my 10 year-old son, Connor, from school last week when I inquired about his day. “Dad, today was one of my best days ever.” When I asked what made it so great he said with excitement, “My P.E. teacher, Coach Gaylor, called me by my name today.” “You know what that […]Full Story »
I love good preaching. I say “good” preaching because there is definitely a difference between just preaching and good preaching. And when it comes to really good preaching, I’m never without a good sermon or two on my mp3 player. When I have some quiet time or when I go running I’m often listening to […]Full Story »
She wasn’t breathing when her parents found her. They had called 911 immediately and within minutes the ambulance was there. I was one of the paramedics on call that day on our little volunteer EMS service. I had found a great ministry in volunteering with EMS while serving as a local minister. When we arrived […]Full Story »
“For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing…” ~ 2 Corinthians 2:15 I made a mad dash this morning for a donut from the local bakery. As I walked in the door I noticed that the aroma from the donuts were thick in […]Full Story »
My favorite Christmas story ever is about a young boy named Wally. I don’t know Wally, but I’d sure like to have a heart like his… Here’s the story: For years now whenever Christmas pageants are talked about in a certain little town in the Midwest, someone is sure to mention the name of Wallace […]Full Story »
I’d like you to meet Cooper! He’s my 5 year-old son. Last Sunday on the way to church, Cooper revealed to me something that I didn’t know about him. He looked up at me with all seriousness and said, “Dad, I’m sorry, but I just don’t like church.” I was floored, shocked, and had I […]Full Story »
Here’s a list of a few items that people said was their worst Christmas gift ever… 10. SELF IMPROVEMENT GIFTS – Nothing says, “I love you” like giving your wife a thigh-master, exercise video or diet book. Even if the package is adorned with multiple bows, it is impossible to give a gift of this […]Full Story »
Being the father of 4 boys, I’m always on the lookout for good role models to point out to them. In my search I recently found the story of Ben Hamilton. Ben plays football for the Denver Bronco’s. Coming out of college Ben was a 6-foot 5-inch, 285-pound center on the University of Minnesota football […]Full Story »
Strong families and strong churches have strong dads. How can you and I be strong dads? God wants us to be – Authentic & Available! AUTHENTIC1st Thess 2:12 says, “We are to live lives worthy of God.” This is lived out in your every day life. Your wife, children, coworkers and friends have video camera […]Full Story »
Tim Shields tell about a Peace Corps instructional bulletin for the young men and womenheaded toward the Amazon jungle. The bulletin is a practical guideline on a very important issue in that region and is entitled, “How to Survive an Anaconda Attack.” It goes something like this: ”If you are ever attacked by an anaconda, […]Full Story »
I was recently reminded by my children that we have forgotten what “real church” is. While traveling on a trip they kept pointing out all the “church buildings.” “Wow, dad look at the size of that church building,” was their constant comment. We put so much emphasis on church buildings that we have forgotten what […]Full Story »