The University of Texas invited Admiral William McRaven to speak to the graduates at the 2014 commencement ceremony. Expectations were high that the decorated military officer would inspire the graduates. Surprisingly, his nearly twenty minute speech could be summarized in three words: “make your bed.” He said, “If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.” He profoundly asserted that changing the world begins with daily disciplines. The speech and subsequent YouTube video went viral, and, while it is yet to be seen if bedmakers will, in fact,… Read More

Some Advice for Dads (and moms) with Sons

A father’s relationship with his son involves a growing, mutual trust that culminates in a gradual transference of responsibility and privilege.  My son is 18 years old, a senior in high school, and is making decisions right now that will significantly shape his future. I’ve essentially completed the season of “raising” kids and transitioned into the season of “releasing” them.  I loved raising my kids. I mean, I really loved it. My wife and I have incredible memories of the joys, the lessons, the laughter, the songs, and the wonder of those… Read More

Honesty and Hope Are Not Mutually Exclusive

Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. (Luke 21:33 ESV) Hope without honesty leads to despair. Jesus always gave people hope, but He never withheld the sometimes harsh realities that would be encountered along the way. In Luke 21 Jesus spoke in detail about the impending persecution that awaited His followers. He told them of wars, destruction, and oppression. He challenged them to be ready, to be strong, and to be on guard. Typically people either sway toward “ignorant bliss,” where everything should have fairy tale… Read More