Rebecca Hagelin and her husband, Andy, have been married for over twenty years and are parents of three teenagers. They reside in the Washington, DC area.
With free education offered in every town in the United States, a plethora of teachers who seem to be more than willing to take a role of authority in place of parents, and the convenience of sending our children to someone else to educate them, many parents have relinquished their role as the primary director of their childrens education. Our kids spend more awake time in schoolrooms during their formative years than just about any other place. But it seems that most parents dont have a clue what their children are being taught.
We live in a culture that is all about me, me, me. Take a stroll through the mall on any given day and you will see children whining when they cant have the latest toy or video game, while discouraged parents shrug their shoulders and give in. Hang around any retail store and it may seem like the Gimme" generation is running the show. You hear an I want this and the register replies with a hearty ch-ching!"
Throughout history, men have left the warmth of home to light upon untamed lands. Scientists venture into the deep of the sea and the dark of the sky. Architects build bridges raw and powerful, stable on the brink of peril, with just enough room in the balancing act for doubt to make crossing an adventure.
?If we’re going to fight the toxins that constantly threaten our culture, we have to make certain that we go about it the right way.
Do you know your family?
One of my favorite things to think about, talk about, and simply revel in is how much God loves design - and to design.
In our culture, we don’t particularly love the thought of rules. We tend to think of them as restrictive, or binding, if you will. But sometimes that binding element is exactly what we need to get our hearts to stay where we need them to in order for them to grow properly.
At some point in every man’s life, he hears a voice of conscience (perhaps it is a faint whisper from God Himself) urging him to break loose from the suffocating bonds of lust or fear, which hold him against his will in either the endless search for more—more wealth, more excitement, more control—or the legalistic monotony of what some might call “religion.”
Have you ever stopped to consider why stories mean so much to us? Why do great books and great movies enrapture us the way they do?
My daughter told me this week about something she heard a speaker say at her church that really impressed her. When she shared it with me, it really got me thinking too.
In honor of all the fathers reading my column today, I diverge from my normal format to share a brief story that my daughter, Kristin Rebecca Carey, recently wrote about her dad - my wonderful husband.
Fighting the modern culture on a daily basis is tough. Today’s families are busier than ever and it’s so easy when you are tired or just plain worn out to throw in the towel and set your values aside. I know. I’ve been guilty of doing it myself sometimes. As a mother of three now grown children, I’ve had plenty of battles and challenges along the way. And I’m the first to admit that I’ve failed far too many times to uphold the standards I’ve said I believe in.
The world's greatest poets, screen writers and story tellers could never pen more intimate words than those spoken by Adam when God created Eve to be his bride.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness…”
Under the extremely liberal and near socialist reign of President Obama, it is easy to blame America’s drifting away from its founding principles on Democrats. But the truth of the matter is that both parties are at fault and have lost their way- especially the Republican Party.
Mother’s Day is a wonderful celebration- a time when mothers are honored for their constant love and daily sacrifice, and when life itself is recognized and treasured as the gift that it is. But for many women who have had abortions, Mother’s Day is one of the biggest triggers of painful memories, regrets, and remorse over what “might have been.”
How often do you gripe about high taxes, stupid laws and bad politicians? It is incredibly easy to become discouraged about the direction our country is heading. And when you are discouraged, it's even easier to start blaming and complaining.
“What do you want to be when you grow up?” It’s the hallmark question of childhood. We ask wide-eyed little kids, expecting answers like “pilot,” “astronaut” or “firefighter.” It’s not a bad question, but when it’s the only one we ask, kids end up believing their identity belongs to their occupation.
Darkness fell across the land and the man they thought would be their savior cried out in a loud voice, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Soon after, he breathed his last.
Anxious and somber faces greet me as I step into the crowded waiting room. A sense of dread fills the air. Men and women sit silently, clutching folders and envelopes, stacks of papers and piles of files.
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