In light of the horrible events of the last few weeks in the Boston bombings and the age of the alleged suspects of the bombings, it’s common to wonder what is going on in the minds of our youth these days. Though the seemingly underlying issue behind the bombings is not related to the age of the perpetrators as much as to other more political and religious issues, we often look to the future with muted anticipation or even trepidation. On one hand we see an increasing number of children growing up in single parent homes (26% in 2012, per study by WORLD magazine) but there is also an increasing awareness among young people that there are needs around the world and they are reaching out to help meet those needs in the area of water, hunger and sex-trafficking. So, there is reason for concern over the future of our nation but there is also a sense of renewed hope as the youth that have embraced faith in Jesus Christ seem to have a deeper sense of commitment in their faith, mainly because they are being challenged in their faith much earlier and deeper than I recall we were in our youth. Adversity breeds one of two types of people…those that flee or those that grow and are strengthened through the trials. I am praying for the latter on this weeks DadPOD ( dad podcast ).
Interview with Jeremiah Holman
Why the discusion about our nations youth? I had the chance to interview one of them. Jeremiah Holman for this weeks DadPOD podcast. Jeremiah is a 25 year old fireman in Little Rock and a friend of mine that I”ve had a chance to mentor the last few years. This is the first of a two part interview with Jeremiah. I split the interview into 2 parts to keep the podcast between 30-45 min each. I think you’ll enjoy the discussion and get an insight into the maturity of a young man who you would think might be heading for disaster. He had a child out of wedlock. He got married at 20yrs old. He didn’t go to college. But, he is a bright young man is making some great choices as he tries to lead his family well. We discussed:
- Making decisions about what to do with a child at such a young age and not being married
- Growing up without knowing his biological father
- Going against the societal norm of going to school and, after being discharged from the Air Force still fighting for a career that he wanted. He didn’t give up or expect the government to take care of him.
- Dealing with the area of lust and pornography and how do you overcome that so that you honor yourself, your family and God
Other Podcast Highlights
- Overview of the movie Home Run opening weekend
- First segment of DadPOD RACE Tips. RACE is an acronym for the four key characteristics of courageous manhood; R-Reject Passivity, A-Accept Responsibility, C-Courageously leads and E-Expects the greater reward (from God). Idea will be to periodically provide areas of life where we can focus to keep improving in each of these key areas. In this episode I talk about the need for us as dads to be intentional about monitoring our kids digital intake. Even if we aren’t up to speed on all the latest and greatest technology, it’s incumbent upon us to be aware of the dangers while not overreacting or being ignorant. I give some thoughts as to how you can do that in your family.
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