Living On One Dollar


Today my 11year old Katie and I were able to watch the documentary Living On One Dollar together. This was a rare opportunity for Katie and I to get enough time together, with no other distractions, to just sit, hang out and learn a life lesson together. This documentary follows 2 college-aged friends as they go into the Guatemalan jungle and live within a village of 300 for 2 months on one dollar per person per day.

As Katie and I watched the movie, we were moved by what poverty really looks like. The people were not unlike us, except they did not have all of the material items that we have. Simple items from our day-to-day life were missing, like running water, electricity, cars, and television and often even food was not available. However, what was available, and in great quantity, was the human spirit. There was also a strong sense of community and pride. These two values were shown in all they did, whether it be farming, weaving or running a store, they were proud of their vocations and worked together. Each of the families had to work hard for what they had. Throughout the movie not once did we see a person begging for anything. They were always willing to work and work hard for what they had.

After the movie, Katie and I were able to talk about what we had seen. We decided that in America we take so much for granted. We have food on our tables, homes to live in and schools to attend. Many times in our society we demand these things as rights. It is sad that the work ethic of these people cannot always be found in our country. So many times people want something for nothing, because they feel they deserve it.

So what can we do to change this in our cities, towns and world? First we can teach our families to be grateful for what we have. One thing our family has been trying to do is to what we call malnutrition Mondays. On this night we eat beans and rice for dinner and discuss people that have less than us and why they have less and how we can help them.

Second we can show our kids and teach them that you have to earn what you have. Lets not just give them everything. Lets teach time that work is good and useful and ultimately builds character. We must each be responsible for this.

Check out the movie Living on One Dollar and weigh in below.

25 Days of Christmas Songs

I love the Christmas season. I love the lights, the happy attitudes, and most of all the music. Because of this love for the music I wanted to share my favorite. Over the next 25 days leading up to Christmas I will share a new song each day. I hope that you will consider subscribing to my to receive this in your email box.

Today’s song is a newer one that I love, but so do the kids. It is from Owl City featuring Toby Mac called Light of Christmas. Take a listen and considering downloading here

 

The most important job in the world

 Joe and Claire

On February 29th 2000 I took on the biggest and most important job of my life. It was high stress, rendered me with little sleep, and made me worry lots. The pay was minimal, in fact this job had the possibility of sinking Kara and I emotionally, physically and financially. I began this new position thinking that I could do it without a problem. I was cocky and confident as usual, until I realized within a day, I was in over my head. To quote Jim Gaffigan, “I felt like I was drowning and then someone handed me a baby”. My new responsibilities always followed me home which made me feel like I always had to be “on”, and I did. All of the responsibility for success had landed on my shoulders, or so I felt.

The job I had been promoted to was not that of CEO, Vice President, or Director. I was promoted to biggest position of my life….DAD.

In your work life often when you transition from one job to another you shed your old responsibilities and take on new ones. In life it does not seem to always be the same. Your transitions equal additions to your responsibilities.

I had been through various transitions before, little brother to big brother, non-Christian to Christian, dating Kara to falling in love with her, being a child at home to becoming a husband, but nothing had prepared me for the transition from all of that to being a Dad.

I am so thankful to be the Dad of Claire, Katie, Kyle and Little B. My life is so full and rich because of them. As they grow I realize more and more how important my job as Dad is.

  • I am the protector of them always watching out for what may come.
  • I am a teacher, always trying to help them learn about faith the world and themselves.
  • I am a provider for them, providing for their needs and sometimes their wants.
  • I am their disciplinarian, making sure they learn right from wrong.
  • I am their friend, listening to them when they need something or just want to tell me something.
  • I am their mentor, hoping that they will come to me for advice when times are tough, and life deals them a “tough one”.
  • I am a role model, showing them how to respect, and love others.
  • But most of all I am their Dad, always on their side and always there for them no matter what.

The most important job I have ever had is that of being a Dad. Happy fathers day to all of the others dads out there, and to my Dad Terry!!

Leading on!!

Joe