What you're in a tight jam, here's something to throw together to make your kid's school lunch.
Wrap up some good-quality lunch meat (turkey, ham, beef) and sliced cheese. Dab a little organic mayo inside the wrap. Grab some grapes (wash them a bit). Add. Done.
Looks lame? Maybe. But whatcha gonna do in a pinch? It's a quick school lunch idea.
Helen Keller was asked, "Is there anything worse than blindness?" She answered, "Oh, yes. A man with sight and no vision."
In this article, you'll learn how the measure of a man is the spiritual and physical health of his family. And for a man's family to be healthy, he has to have vision.
In 2007, I moved my family from Pennsylvania to Colorado. We sold the house, gave away all of our possessions to our neighbors, put a mattress in my cargo van, threw the kids in, and took off to our new adventure.
We left what was a comfortable life and set off across a vast country, right through the St. Louis Arch, just like the early American settlers did as they moved West into undiscovered country. Those brave folks, riding in their wagons, could not see all of the dangers ahead. They couldn't even see over the next hill. They didn't know when their next good, hot meal or cold drink of water would come.
In order to survive, the men leading those explorers had hope, believing, and vision.
Men who enjoy being providers for their families have vision. Kings have vision.
First and foremost, a great man will have vision. They'll see the big picture. They'll understand what's out there, over the next hill, and know what to do and where to go next.
Some men climb high mountains, ride raging rivers, ski steep slopes, etc.
But that's NOT what we're talking about here.
We're NOT talking about the next awesome activity or experience with the family.
We're talking about men having vision to lead others.
A man must:
This is leadership.
The King in Every Man
The king in every man is always thinking and looking forward, planning for the future, and providing direction.
Food, clothing, and shelter are relatively easy to provide. Having a awesome activity with the family takes little thought or heart. Any man can throw the kids and wife in the car and go somewhere fun. That's easy.
But What Really Matters in Life
But what really matters in life are not the easy things that we can do and see, but those things that are unseen. It's the unseen world, the spiritual world, the love of others, peace in our hearts, the joy in life, where men should must be master providers.
It is written that we should not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are unseen. The things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal. Things such as:
These things are not seen, but great men possess them, provide them, and teach them (2 Corinthians 4:18).
A Man's Vision is His Family
At the heart of a man's vision is his family. Look at your family. Ask yourself the following questions:
They all need you, man.
Man, King, Provider, Leader.
My family depends on me to set the course, give direction and take the lead. And, again, I'm not talking about scheduling the next cool ski run, camping trip, or awesome activity, dude.
No. I'm talking about the big picture for your family.
I've Got Their Backs
No matter what's ahead, storms, floods, fires, perils, the unknown, I've got them. I've got their backs. They can count on me. In every situation, I'll be there for them. No matter what. I'll never leave them. And I'll always know what's ahead. At any moment, I know:
How to Measure a Man
You can measure a man by the spiritual and physical health of his family. Stu Weber, in his book Tender Warrior, says that a measure of a man is the spiritual and emotional health of his family. A man provides his wife a loving bond that does not break, raises his sons with character and tenderness and his daughters with confidence and life energy.
You can tell a man has no vision, no leadership, when his family is lost, wild, struggling, sickly, just a bit "off," and has lost its way.
A Pro-visionary Man
Life is Short
You don't have much time, man. Life's short. Put on your big girl panties. Like now!
The future is soon approaching. The kids grow up so fast. Your ages rises so quickly. The years pass by so fast. What you think is a long road ahead is actually, in reality, very short. We are given a gift to live on this Earth for a just brief moment in time. Don't get preoccupied with life-draining things-to-do lists, not matter how totally-f'n-awesome they seem to be (at the time). Most of what you think is important right now, just really isn't.
Stop. Think. Think ahead. See. Set your thoughts and eyes ahead. Prepare. Lead your family.
To help develop a sense of vision in yourself, respond to the following:
Most men have sight, but no vision. What's yours? A measure of a man is the spiritual and physical health of his family. How's your family? A great man, like a king, must have vision for those he leads. Take some time, right now, to stop and think about how you're leading your family. If you need help, get with a buddy.
If you get the chance, build a tree house for your kid. I have three. All daughters. And one weekend, I built them a tree house. Let me tell you that it was easy and fun. Just keep in mind the following three things:
Okay. Here's a picture of the tree house I built. I know what you're thinking. It's not a tree house, because it's supported on two sides by a fence, and it has one corner with a post in the ground. Yep. That's my tree house.
No way am I building an actual tree house that's totally supported by only a tree! In my situation, I have limited space. So, I picked the corner of the fence, and donated a 6-foot by 6-foot area for the tree house. I used two walls of the fence for part of the house. And the outside corner is a post support.
I kept the house design simple. 6 feet by 6 feet. About 3-4 feet high. One side door. One small window. And a hatch that opens up to access the roof top. I built the tree house around the existing tree. I didn't cut any branches. I just kept it as is and built the structure around the existing tree.
I purchased all the wood and screws at The Home Depot. I used 30 boards of 1" x 8" x 6'. That made the design simple and reduced cutting boards. I used the 1" x 8" boards for the flooring, walls, and roof. And I used 2" x 4" studs for the structural components of the floor and roof. I purchased boxes of exterior deck screws. I used about 100 to fasten the 1" x 8" boards. And I used 3" lag screws with a 3/8" head for the main structural fastening of the 2" x 4" boards. This made installing the fasteners very simple and easy to do.