Although the primary function of comedy is to entertain, it can also serve to impart truth in a way that is palatable to the listener. After all, "a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down." In this clip, the cast of Saturday Night Live makes a salient point about our country's spending habits.
Recently, a colleague of mine turned me on to Relevant, a magazine and online publication which examines issues of life and culture from a God-centered perspective. In this month's edition, Relevant founder Cameron Strang discusses the "The Price of Vision," a price that our current generation of young people seems unwilling to pay. Writes Strang, "There is a sense of entitlement and urgency that saturates our generation. We’ve grown up hearing nothing but yes. We’re going to be the best. We’re going to change the world...But are we willing to pay the price?"
It's a pertinent question to ask of "The Millenials," those born between 1982 and 2000, many who have never known a a world apart from "drive-thru Starbucks, one-click ordering and Netflix instant streaming." So many of them want to be entrepreneurs, but few want to cultivate discipline or overcome obstacles. The truth is that, "if something comes easily and without sacrifice, it is rarely significant." Our culture shows contempt for things that take time, but truly the most profound thinkers and innovators have been met with severe setbacks. I hope my kids and other young dreamers will be willing to take on challenges and embrace "the price of vision."
An avid movie-goer, I have often decried the lack of morality in blockbuster films and longed for more substantive content in faith-based films. Hollywood is perpetually turning out trash and the Christian community counteracts with thinly veiled sermons. “Why,” I have often wondered, “can’t Christians create quality entertainment?”
The answer is perhaps that we are too concerned about getting our message across. The solution, then, must be films that don't preach but simply (gasp) tell a good story. I recently met two up-and-coming filmmakers who are intent on doing just that.
Chad Hawkins and James Chankin are the initiators of a new faith-based film division which will yield films with compelling plots and an undercurrent of Christian values. When I met Chad, both the movie lover and the investor in me were intrigued. As an investor, I thought his concept had profitability. Like me, I believe there are many God-fearing people would love to support films that reflect their values.
To test my theory, Windsor and I invited a few of our friends over for dinner so that Chad and James could pitch their concept. The group was largely receptive but the real prognostic will be the duo's inaugural project, an action-adventure movie entitled “Escape.” The film will be shot in Bangkok, Thailand in late November. Actor John Rhys-Davies, best known for his portrayal of Gimli in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, will star.
One of my greatest joys as a parent is to watch my children overcome adversity. This past weekend, I had the opportunity to do just that as my son Abe competed for the 4A state tennis title. When an accumulation of sloppy mistakes caused Abe and Cole to lose their first set, I worried that Abe's nerves would get the best of him. Fortunately, I had no reason to worry. The boys rallied together and played some of the best tennis they have played all season. After winning their next two sets, they claimed the victory. I couldn't have been more proud.
To read about Abe and Cole in the Colorado Springs Gazette, click here: http://www.gazettepreps.com/articles/titles-3497-collects-way.html
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Last weekend, my wife Windsor and I had the pleasure of watching our son Abe compete with the Cheyenne Mountain tennis team at the Pueblo Invitational. He and his doubles partner Cole played four matches over the course of two days, claiming the victory each time.
At high school sporting events, there is frequently a culminating awards ceremony. If your kid has done well, they are eager to stay and be recognized. If not, they resent it.
This time, Abe had done exceptionally well. As the ceremony began and the names of his competitors were called for 2nd and 3rd place, he smiled knowingly. What he was too exhausted to notice, however, was that the awards, regardless of what they represented, looked the same: generic bronze with off-white ribbon. Winners and losers received identical awards then stood shoulder-to-shoulder, indistinguishable from one another.
“How insulting,” I thought. After all, my son is sixteen, an age when such namby-pamby political correctness ought to be eradicated.
Beyond wanting my son to receive his due, I actually think there is value in knowing you have won or lost. Both experiences teach us something. Abe and Cole won their match because they have each spent countless hours perfecting their game. If they had not won, that would signal them to work harder. Thus, winning teaches us that diligence is rewarded and loss teaches us that the things worth doing in life don’t come easily.
A paradox of modern parenting is that, the older our kids become, the less our efforts to spend time with them are appreciated. More often than not, we find ourselves bribing our children to hang out with us. One method I have found of enticing my sons to hang with their Old Man is to invite them to a few holes of golf. The pace of the game allows me to catch up on their lives: what they're enjoying and what challenges they may be facing. Golf is also ideal in that we are competing against ourselves, rather than one another (with five men in the family, things can get heated). The only kid I have not successfully turned on to the game is my daughter Rachel. She prefers to sit in the cart and read.