I know it’s the first full week of school for many of your children. I’m praying for their protection and success this year. If you don’t have kids in school, pray for your friend’s kids and for the teachers. Hope you have an awesome week as well!
I know a lot of you travel a lot for work. Any time I have to travel for work, which admittedly is pretty rare, I usually eat like absolute crap. Not the end of the world for it to happen occasionally, but if I was on the road every week, I’d be pushing 3 bills in a hurry. You basically eat what you can find. What’s in the airport, what’s by the hotel, what’s by the office you’re visiting. Here’s a list of the healthiest items to get at 20 fast-food chain restaurants. From Sonic to Chipotle, there’s something at a restaurant you frequent.
I got a little long-winded last week. Here’s a 3 minute sermon video from John Piper. The video shows the words, but it’s way better to listen to him. We’re all holding onto something, some sin, some idol, that’s keeping us from living our best life.
I can’t remember if I’ve mentioned it before, but Katie and I both have an affinity for adoption. We’re both open to it, and I honestly don’t know what that means. Don’t worry, mentioning it here doesn’t mean we’re adopting a kid in 2 weeks like what happened with the camper. It if does, be on the lookout for the “How to Become a Multi-Millionaire Overnight” post cause I’ll need that magic to help financially. We haven’t taken any steps toward adoption, but our hearts are certainly open to it. To me, adoption is saving a life. The situations most of the children come from are heartbreaking. I bring up adoption because maybe you and your family are contemplating it and don’t know where to start. Here’s Adoption 101 from someone who went through it personally. His last 2 paragraphs really hit home for me. He’s a guest contributor to The Art of Manliness.
“My son Booker is 3 months old. He wiggles, he poops, he smiles at me while I read The Chronicles of Narnia to him. As I write this, it’s 5:00 am, and he’s cooing/sleeping in my office so my wife can get some extra rest. Though I love this newborn stage, I’m also dreaming of when I’ll get to take him camping, when we can shoot hoops in the backyard, when I can teach him how to play guitar, and when he can learn about his adoption story, fully understanding how much he is loved by God, his parents, and his birth parents. When asking why you’d adopt, I’d respond with my son Booker. He’s why.
If the three P’s of manhood are to Protect, Provide, and Procreate, there’s hardly a process I can fathom that combines all three better than adoption. Men who adopt are quite literally protecting orphans and foster care children from being caught up in “the system,” they are providing stability inside the warmth of a loving home, and they are continuing their family lineage, if not through blood, then through transcendental virtues that will author a child’s story firmly in the heritage and tradition of family. May we as men seek to answer this deep need in the world. May we, through our might, our will, and our heart, lend our manhood to serve these children in need, and in this service, discover the power and honor of true masculinity.” –Collin Rainey
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