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Being A Father


I've been a father for a little over a month. Well, I feel like I should at least get half credit for the time that Baby Jeremiah was in the womb but that's another debate for another day. 

I thought I'd write about a few observations I've made as I enter into fatherhood. Or as Hannah and I joke, eighteen years of learning flexibility. 

 (1) I'm still a very selfish person.

I say "still" because Tim Keller accurately describes marriage as the rooting out of selfishness. In fact, he argues that God's intent for marriage (one of them) is that very ideal. A sanctification of sorts. 

I, like most people, didn't think I was that selfish when I was single but marriage was a wake up call. Well, having a kid, is like that but times a million. If you don't have kids, that probably sounds hyperbolic but I promise, it's not. 

I like to do things my way, I have a short fuse and I often serve my plans instead of letting them serve my goals or dreams. 

 (2) I love my son more than I could ever imagine. 

And the love I have for him is growing by the day. 

(3) I am starting to get a better grasp on "God as Father". 

When Sceipture talks about us as children or about being adopted into God's family, I understood it cognitively. But now, I understand it more in my heart. 

(4) I'm reminded that life isn't about "fixing stuff".

Enough said. 



We're In This Together

Although support-raising is difficult (and very stressful at times), we think it's a beautiful (and biblical) framework for ministry — your family and ours has the chance to make Jesus famous in the lives of college students from around the world at American University

That's why I've written this blog post. To ask you to consider making a special, year-end gift. Below are three different opportunities where your generosity could make an impact.

Whether it's $25 or $500, when you give your resources to ministries, missionaries and churches — it goes further than when you and I place those same funds in the hands of a cashier at a retail store. 

Most of you know that we are able to be Campus Missionaries with Chi Alpha because individuals and churches give on a monthly basis. However, year-end giving is a one-time donation and goes a long way in extending our reach. Plus, it's a great way to start giving to missionaries because there's less of a commitment. 

(1) Give to a Campus Missionary on Our Staff Team

If this interests you, I'd like to personally reccomend that you invest into Natalie Hill. She's an American University graduate that recently completed the DC Chi Alpha CMIT (just like me) and is currently committed to working with us for the next three years. We couldn't do this without her! Give to Her Missions Account »

(2) Give Towards Missions at Chi Alpha

Any funds that you give will be allocated to help students and staff as they fundraise to be able to serve during Spring Break. This will be an important boost as they all try to raise funds from their personal contacts. Give Towards Missions »

(3) Give to DC Chi Alpha

These funds help several campuses, including ours, host outreach events and provide materials for ministry (to name a few of the initiatives). These are "work funds" and go directly to impacting students. Give to DC Chi Alpha »

Thanks for considering this, friends!

A Great Documentary & Even Better Premise

f you know me, you know that I love icebreaker questions. And yes, I even wrote my first eBook on them (of course, I tried to be trendy, so I called it Conversation Kickstarters). 

I was watching stuff on my Apple TV (thanks, Mom!) and so I turned to the Watch ESPN app. Between SportsCenter, live sporting events and a one-stop ship for sports documentaries  there’s bound to be something good. 

But I didn’t know that I’d find something amazing. 

It’s a short documentary called NFL Stars Share Their Best Day

I don’t watch a lot of football (and when I do, it’s Alabama football) but for some reason, I clicked play. I'm glad I did. When I was telling Hannah about it, I realized that although I ask questions such as: 

  • What is your favorite snapshot from the past few months? 
  • What is the best childhood memory you remember? 
  • What's a highlight from this season of ministry for you personally? 

I've never asked this question, even though it's the (seemingly) ultimate icebreaker. 

hat is your best day? That's what this documentary did so well. Below is a description. 

After going on permanent disability, Mark Keys began filling his days by writing letters to athletes and celebrities to ask one simple question: What is your best day? NFL stars Chuck Bednarik, Eric Dickerson, Bruce Arians and Walter Payton wrote back. (via ESPN) 

It got my thinking — what is my best day professionally, as a minister? What about personally? I think that’s another post for another day. But I do know that since I have so many days to choose from, it means I’m blessed.