I was talking with my friend Scott the other day about my sense that most (if not all men), seem to be wired up to "naturally" (or supernaturally), be inclined to protect and provide within their living environment. I know that this is a bit of a stereotype, or some of you may see it as a faulty stereotype. However, until proved otherwise I am going with it.
My observations over my 42 years of life have led me to this belief. Now as men act on this within family life it does not guarantee a great marriage or healthy family. Being a great provider often makes men an absent husband and father. Being the ultimate protector, can lead to insecure and immature children and a wife who experiences the loss of her identity.
However, when the providing and protecting are done in a God pleasing manner the result for that family is safety, security, and significance.
Even when done wrong, it seems to me that this desire to protect and provide burns at the heart of each man. If that is true, then why is that some husbands/fathers don't do this? I am talking about the lazy dude who does nothing for his family, wife, kids, etc...
Scott brought some great insight. He said that the heart and desire to provide and protect is still present. However, instead of being others focused, it becomes self focused! I think that Scott might be on to something. I am still thinking this through and I would be interested in your thoughts.
Do nothing out of
selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others
better than yourselves. Philippians 2:3 (NIV)
As my girls were growing up, there would be occasional arguments, "discussions", etc... with each other over things like:
who rides shotgun
borrowed jewelry or shoes not returned
controls of the remote
favorites athlete, team, or sport
dad is cooler than mom
items to buy at the grocery store
The other night two of my daughters were discussing global warming and whether Al Gore won the Nobel Peace Price for what he did or for what he represents. They were not in agreement. I listened from the other room as each articulately made their point.
As a dad, I am proud that my daughters have grown up to be critical thinkers and take very little at face value. I have tried to teach them that most issues are complex, to recognize talking points and spin and focus on what is not being said.
The Rockies amazing run continues. Last night, when Torrealba hit his sixth inning three-run homer, I jumped up and down and I'm pretty sure I hurt my Achilles tendon. It was worth it! I will give it a good test today on a long run.
ONE WIN FROM THE WORLD SERIES! At no time during the season did I anticipate writing those words in reference to the Rockies.
What a great way to start the series. Only three wins away from making the World Series.
Jeff Francis has has two excellent starts in the playoffs. He is not overpowering, but he really knows how to pitch. He reminds a bit of Tom Glavine.
All of the Rockies hits were singles and they still scored five runs on one of the top three pitchers in the National League.
I now officially take back all of my mid-season criticism of Brad Hawpe.
If I adopt a son, I may name him Kaz.
The Arizona fans are some of the worst in all of sports. No, not just for throwing trash on the field. THEY DID NOT EVEN SELL OUT THE GAME!! Plus from reports I read, many fans who did have tickets came disguised a empty seats, and the PA guy had to continually remind the fans to cheer and get excited. What a joke!
It seems like every decision made by Hurdle works right now. Activating and playing Tavares proved to be the right move.
Some concerns about tonight's game. The Rocks are a much better team against right handers, and tonight they face the southpaw, Davis.
Grilled up some dogs and bratwurst last night. Never tasted better!
A man who was selling vacuum cleaners door to door (I didn't even know they still did this), lost the sale and lost a kidney. The man to whom he was trying to sell the vacuum said that he could not afford a vacuum because he was saving up for a kidney transplant. In addition, he had not yet found a match or willing donor.
Yep, you guessed it. The vacuum salesman, named Jamie Howard, discovered that he was a likely match, went outside to pray, called his wife and father and made the decision to give one of his kidneys to someone who was a stranger moments earlier. Howard said that it was something he was called to do.