Sep 06 2016 The Rule of Anyway
Schools have cranked up again. Two-a-days are finished. Friday night football is back. Cheer routines have been memorized. Half-time routines have been practiced. And I see a lot of “War Wagons” aka suburbans driving around.
Speaking of football, I wanted to share a story with you taken from my book, Take A Knee, based upon my time as chaplain of The Dallas Cowboys and other professional teams.
Throughout life, you will face difficulties. It’s a fact and something that cannot be avoided. The bible even says in John 16:33 (JBP), “I have told you all this so that you may find your peace in me. You will find trouble in the world – but, I have conquered the world!”
Jesus tells us point blank that we will have tribulation, but that we are not to worry or become anxious because he has “overcome the world.” So when those times of tribulation do come, how should you as a Christian respond?
A P P L Y T H E R U L E O F A N Y W A Y !
People are unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.
If you are successful, you will attract false friends and true enemies.
The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be transparent anyway.
The biggest people with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest people
with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.
What you spend years building could be destroyed overnight.
People in need often attack those offering help.
Help people anyway.
Give the world the best you’ve got, and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give your best anyway.
I’m sure you want your kids to grow up with a strong faith, unwavering character and to live by the “Rule of Anyway.” In order for those three things to happen, YOU must spend undistracted time with your children! The time you spend with your young kids and teenagers, as a father, is critical in terms of their development as a whole person.
So fathers, I have a C H A L L E N G E for you!
If you are a father, I challenge you to get yourself a copy of Take A Knee and another for your kids and each night before tucking them into bed, take a knee* with your children and watch their faith, character and confidence blossom!
* Process for going through Take A Knee with your children:
- Each person obtain a copy of Take A Knee
- Each evening, read a chapter and discuss how the concepts can be applied in real life.
- Live out the concept discussed the night before throughout the day.
- Come back together before bed and “report in” about how you lived the day’s topic during the say and then read the next chapter in preparation for the coming day.