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10 Ways to Teach Your Children Humility

We want our kids to be confident. Acing a test, scoring a goal, or getting the part builds that confidence.  But all too often, confidence grows into pride as kids begin thinking they’re better than their peers.  Teach your children to be different by teaching them to be humble.  Here are some ways to teach your kids humility.  First, model it yourself.  It’s important to never underestimate the power of teaching...
Jul 09, 2018 / Character

5 Places You and Your Kids Can Serve Others

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. told us what greatness is all about. He said, “Everyone can be great because everyone can serve.” One of our jobs as parents is to talk to our kids about the significance of serving others and show them how to do it. Serving others starts in your family. You don’t have to look any farther than the four walls of your home to serve others. Doing chores together around the house, such as...
Jun 18, 2018 / Character

Forgiveness: It's Not What You Think

We think forgiveness is a feeling. We think forgiveness means forgetting. We think forgiveness is a sign of weakness. But forgiveness is not what you think. Here are 3 truths about forgiveness. First, forgiveness is a decision to release. Instead of replaying the incident over and over in your mind, choose to not dwell on how you were wronged. Second, forgiveness is a decision to embrace. Instead of holding on to...
May 30, 2018 / Character

How to Practice Patience

Patience has always been one of my biggest struggles.  Can you relate? If so, here are 3 ways to help you practice patience. First, understand what triggers impatience. Impatience often occurs when we don’t get what we want when we want it. There are a couple of things that can trigger it. We get impatient when circumstances don’t conform to our expectations—long lines at the store, traffic jams, and flight delays...
May 09, 2018 / Character

3 Stands to Take in the Midst of Adversity

Do you stand strong when faced with adversity? I’m Mark Merrill with today’s Family Minute. Everybody experiences adversity at some point. And I know a man who has faced it head on…his name is Tony Nathan. Tony lived through some tough times in the early 70’s when segregation and discrimination were rampant in Birmingham, Alabama. The movie, Woodlawn, which is now on DVD, tells Tony’s story…a story of strength...
Mar 29, 2018 / Character

How to Keep Your Cool When the Unexpected Occurs

Before the game starts, you run up to the grocery store to grab a couple things.  Just as you walk out of the store and pack your groceries into the trunk, your wife calls to say she needs one more thing.  It’s an unexpected moment…you have a decision to make…keep your cool, or lose it?  We’ve all experienced something like that.  So when things don’t go the way you thought, here are 5 ways to keep your cool. ...
Mar 08, 2018 / Character

Ed Thomas: A Story of Forgiveness

Most of us can forgive small stuff...but what about the big things that cause us great pain?  Ed Thomas was a caring husband, a good dad, and a highly respected man in his community.  After decades of coaching his football team, Ed was awarded the coveted NFL High School Coach of the Year in 2005.  Four years later, a former student walked into the school locker room, pulled out his gun and unloaded seven bullets...
Feb 09, 2018 / Character

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