Sunday, June 15, 2014

Building Character

Lunch Reading: June 15-21, 2014

When my son was younger, I would daydream about him being a star athlete, skipping grades because of his obvious genius, or some other worldly fantasy.  After living a little and seeing a lot, I decided I would settle for him just being a good kid.  There was a time in the last school year where I made him carry around an index card with Galatians 5:22-23 on it with the hopes it would make him think twice about some of the things he did.  The experience made me completely reevaluate the most important qualities he would need to make it in this world.

Against the Grain: A Coach's Wisdom on Character, Faith, Family, and LoveCharacter is a premium today.  People can have everything and be very successful, but the lack of character will always catch up with them (we've seen many falls from grace that prove this to be true).  A person can also be of humble means, but stand out in a crowd because they are the salt and light

So in my quest to build character in my son, I'm going to pick up a copy of Against the Grain: A Coach's Wisdom on Character, Faith, Family, and Love by Bill Courtney to read this week.  In the book, Courtney "shares his convictions on the fundamental tenets of character, commitment, service leadership, civility, and others that, in his decades of success as an entrepreneur and educator, have proven to be the keys to a winning and meaningful life and career."  I'm hopeful that the stars will align at work and I am able to see Courtney talk about the book at the Heritage Foundation this Friday (details here if you're interested)!

In My Spare Time
Wall Street Journal - Last week I resolved to read or at least skim the paper at least once a day.  It didn't happen.  This week, I recommit!

Believing God: Day by Day - A year-long, daily devotional that is modeled after the book, Believing God.  Great daily reminders regarding the importance of "active faith" in our daily walk.

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