The Offended Olympics

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There’s nothing like the Olympics to remind Americans of our favorite sport. No, it’s not swimming or gymnastics or track and field. It’s getting offended. And, so far, we’re leading in the medal count.

The good people at CNN were kind enough to remind us of the latest thing we’re supposed to be mad about. Women athletes, it appears, just aren’t being treated fairly by the sports media. No, Rowdy Gaines, NBC’s ultra enthusiastic swimming commentator, didn’t say that Katie Ledecky was a dumb broad who needed to get out of the pool and in the kitchen. But he did commit the sin of mentioning another swimmer’s husband and the role he played in helping her win a gold medal.

Gasp!

That swimmer’s husband, by the way, also happened to be her coach.

Double gasp!

Others are jumping in on the supposed injustices. Like when a gymnastics commentator dared to imagine that one of the young girls on the dominate US gymnastics team might be at a mall if it weren’t for the Olympics. The leftist, activist side of the Internet went nuts over the idea that a teenage girl might be at a mall. Here’s a tip, Mr. Gymnastics Commentator. The next time one of the girls on the gymnastics team wins gold, say something like this.

“Wow! What an accomplishment. And to think that she would be using her own bare, calloused, large hands to dig wells for orphaned transgendered penguins if it weren’t for the Olympics.”

One journalist committed the unpardonable sin of making the link between a female Olympic athlete and her NFL playing husband. How dare a writer even think about trying to make us connect with a female athlete who won a bronze medal in a sport which, until about three minutes ago, we didn’t even know existed by informing us that her husband plays for a team that even non-sports fans are vaguely familiar with?

All of this leads me to the following conclusion. We aren’t just watching the Olympics. We’re in the Olympics. The Offended Olympics. These games are different. Rather than jumping over hurdles, we have allowed our feelings to become hurdles that others must figure out how to navigate their way around. Oh, and our hurdles are connected to land mines so good luck. Instead of shooting at targets with bows or rifles, we set our digital aim on anyone who dares to question the narrative or break off from the reservation. Our dream team doesn’t have names like Kevin Durant or Gabby Douglas, athletes who excel to such a degree that they make other really good athletes look average. No, our dream team is made up of CNN and some blogger from the Huffington Post or Salon who in their continual victimhood make everyone else look like cavemen. Just as Durant and Douglas can be counted on to come through in the clutch, the members of this dream team can always be relied on to remind us of what should be offending us and of how evil we are for not already noticing.

Well, I’m sitting this Olympics out. Not the real Olympics. I’m still into those. I’m talking about the Offended Olympics. Sure, there are things I see that I don’t like. For example, on Monday night while watching the games with my wife and sons, there was a Nike commercial praising a transgendered athlete. Rather than starting up a boycott against Nike or going on a hunger strike until they release a new line of Bible-based footwear, I used it as a teaching opportunity to remind my boys that the world’s ways are not God’s ways and to encourage them to think critically rather than merely consume. I want them to be the type of men who question why it is that a gay man is validated by biology because, “he was born that way,” but a transgendered man is validated in his actions because he was born the wrong way.

But most people will continue to play the games. Rather than using their power to keep scrolling or change the channel or just forget about it, they’ll moan and ache and complain and fight until they get their way.

And then there will be no more games left to play and no words left to say. Sooner or later, everything will be too offensive.

In the Offended Olympics, everyone loses.

But hey, we all get gold medals.

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In Defense Of Women In The Kitchen

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In today’s modern, progressive world it turns out that the kitchen is a really bad place.

John Kasich got in trouble earlier in the week when he said that his election to public office back in the 1970s was made possible because women, “left their kitchens” to get the word out about him. Before the word kitchen had fully left his mouth, progressives and feminists pounced on the opportunity and/or offense depending on how you look at it.

Most politicians make a living out of saying what people want to hear and these days, everything that you could possibly hear is offensive to someone. I can’t believe that these guys are still giving speeches.

Maybe it’s just my status as a privileged male who grew up in a lower middle class, single parent family but I don’t see what’s so offensive about linking women to kitchens.

My grandmother spent most of her life in a kitchen. When I would go visit my grandparents, she would have a full breakfast ready at 7 in the morning. I would roll out of bed around nine or ten, just in time for the buffet she had prepared by hand for lunch. At around two we would have what she called recess. Recess was nothing more than us sitting in the kitchen and eating sweets. Almost immediately after that was over it was time for her homemade dinner. And then after that, more recess.

When I think of my grandparent’s house, I can’t help but think about that kitchen. It’s where we spent most of our time. We would eat mashed potatoes, pork chops, fried chicken and drink sweet tea that had more sugar in it than every Dairy Queen franchise combined. My grandmother never said anything about wanting to get out of the kitchen, trade in her apron for a pant suit and run for president. Get this. She actually enjoyed cooking. And we all enjoyed eating what she cooked. What a tragedy.

But that was in a different time. The generation after my grandmothers is when women were finally liberated from those heavy chains us chauvinist pigs think are just apron strings.

My mother was a part of that generation. Unlike my grandmother, she worked outside of the home. It wasn’t because she was trying to make some kind of a statement. That’s just what single moms did. My mom worked for the Leader Tribune newspaper in Fort Valley, Georgia. She was a secretary for a roofing company in the greater metro Atlanta area. And she was a church secretary in College Park, Georgia before she finally had to hang it up.

So yeah, she left the kitchen.

But she came back to it every day.

She didn’t have time to make meals like my grandmother did. We had a lot of Hamburger Helper, fish sticks and tater tots. And we had something that she called Coca-Cola Chicken. Coca-Cola chicken is just a chicken breast marinated in mustard, ketchup and a can of, you guessed it, Coca-Cola. One time a friend of mine called that a white trash meal. Maybe so. But it was good. Oh yeah. I almost forgot. We still drank that same sugary, sweet tea.

My mom spent a lot of time in her kitchen. But she wasn’t some depressed woman who was being held down by her evil male child. She was a mom. She was a chef who knew how to make a gourmet meal (by white trash standards at least) on a shoe string budget. She was a counselor. And not just to me. A lot of people from our neighborhood and our church got some good advice from my mom in that kitchen. And it usually came with a side of her sweet tea.

My wife works outside the home too. She’s a teacher. But cooking is one of her favorite things to do. Last week I asked my son what he liked most about his family. The thing he likes most about his brother is that he plays with him. The thing that he likes most about his mom is her good cooking. How rude! What a pig that boy is! For the record, he still hasn’t been able to say what he likes most about me. Either it’s too hard to narrow down for him or I need to see a counselor.

Sometimes, in typical evil male fashion, I volunteer to cook for the family. My wife takes me up on the offer and enjoys her time off. But most of the time she doesn’t. Part of that probably has something to do with the fact that she doesn’t want to eat my specialty that night. I call it Frosted Flakes. It’s a mixture of corn and sugar and milk. Send me a private message if you’d like the recipe. But there’s another reason. She told me once that she actually likes to be in the kitchen.

Gasp!

I’m 40 years old. That seems like lightyears away from the kitchens of my childhood. But every now and then something takes me back to those days. It’s usually a funeral.

I guess in the rest of the country, when a family member dies, people offer to pay for a government certified grief counselor. Where I live they don’t do that. People cook. Go and visit someone just after they’ve had to bury a loved one and you’ll find a kitchen covered up with casseroles, fried chicken and potato salad. And it’s all home made. Believe it or not, there are women who actually enjoy cooking in their kitchen and the fruits of their labors actually makes a difference in the community.

Today, womanhood is defined either by power or sexuality or some combination of the two. I think that’s the real tragedy.

The women who I’ve loved the most, my wife, mother, grandmother and friends from church display their womanhood through their service and their joy. Some of those cooks have multiple degrees and some have hardly any. But that doesn’t matter. Any female can go to school or get a high paying job but a real woman finds her joy in helping others rather than reminding others of how important she is or should be.

I’m no fan of John Kasich. He won’t be getting my vote for president. But my disagreements with him have more to do with policy than anything he said about women and kitchens.

At this rate, I’ll probably end up writing in a name for president. Maybe I’ll write down the name of Margaret Sanders, the lady who introduced me to 10 a.m. lunches and recess.

The world would be a lot better off if they could all sit at her table together.

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Defending Wayne

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When a man stands up for something, you can be certain that others will try to make him sit back down. When he refuses, it’s his character that suddenly finds itself in the crosshairs.

You probably have never heard of Wayne Grudem but if you pay any attention to national politics, you’re about to hear a lot about him. And my guess is that most of what you hear won’t be good.

Wayne Grudem isn’t a politician. He’s a seminary professor and author. His most notable work is called Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine. If you’ve spent any time in a quality Christian college or seminary, you’ve come across this book. But none of that has anything to do with why you’ll be hearing Wayne Grudem’s name.

Wayne Grudem is a complementarian. That means that he believes that a husband should do the job of leading is wife and children. Well, that’s the actual definition. Progressives would use a different one. To them, a complementarian is someone who sits on the couch all day telling his woman to get him another beer while he considers his next rape victim.

Along with writing books, Wayne Grudem serves as a religious liberty adviser for presidential candidate Marco Rubio. That’s why you’re going to be hearing Wayne Grudem’s name a lot.

In fact, it’s already happened.

Time Magazine calls him “controversial.” One blogger says that he, “limits women.” As Rubio’s numbers continue to rise, you can expect more people to attack Wayne Grudem. When politicians shine a light on religious men who stand with conviction, you can always expect the character attacks to follow.

But rather than listening to all of the attacks and misinformation, perhaps we should look at the man himself. In doing so, we might just get a good picture of what it really means for a man to lead his family.

Wayne Grudem was a department chair at a major evangelical seminary in the Chicago area. For his field, it was a dream job. You could say that it was like coaching the New England Patriots, minus all of the cheating of course. He had the job that hundreds of Bible scholars would love to have.

But all wasn’t well. Wayne’s wife was sick and the Chicago climate made her illness worse. A job opened up for Wayne in Arizona, a climate that had already proven to be much more friendly to his ailing wife. Here’s how Grudem handled the decision of walking away from his dream job of 20 years and moving to a new place to work at a school that few had even heard of.

“On September 19, 2000, when we were in the middle of this thinking process, I came to Ephesians 5:28, ‘Even so, husbands should love their wives as their own bodies.’ If I were living with the pain in my body that Margaret is living with, I thought, would I move for the sake of my health? Yes, I would. So, if I were to love my own wife as I love my own body, then shouldn’t I move for the sake of Margaret? It seemed an unmistakable implication of this verse.”

That sounds nothing like the caveman that Wayne Grudem and other complimentarians are often presented to be. It sounds more like a man who loves his wife enough to lead her and make personal sacrifices for her good.

But the decision making process wasn’t over for the Grudem’s. Wayne wanted desperately to avoid the leadership mistakes that he had made earlier in their marriage.

“At that time, I thought that God wanted me to teach at a seminary, and though I had asked Margaret what she thought, I did not honestly listen. I think that I failed to understand that though the husband is head of the wife, as Christ is head of the church (Ephesians 5:23), a well functioning head has ears. Perhaps if I had listened more, and involved her more in the process, many of the details of the decision would have been different.”

Now wait just a minute! Wayne Grudem didn’t drag his wife by her hair all the way from Chicago to Arizona?

Grudem has endorsed Marco Rubio for president. I have not. But I am endorsing Wayne Grudem. Not for president but rather for a man who we would all be better of having listened to and read.

In the coming weeks you will be told that Wayne Grudem is against women. As his own life story shows, he is not. What he is against is feminism. You know, that failed worldview that virtually demonized all sex, scares men out of even thinking about approaching a woman without first signing a contract of mutual engagement and that has led many women to put aside the so-called ball and chain of an apron and trade it in for the much heavier one that comes with grabbing for more and more power.

So to put it another way, Wayne Grudem is very much for women. If you don’t believe me, just ask his wife. You can look for them the next time you’re in Arizona.

Ayesha Curry Versus The Foolishness Of Feminism

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Feminists directed their digital anger at Ayesha Curry earlier this week. Curry, the wife of last year’s NBA world champion and MVP, Stephen Curry, used her Twitter account to openly question current trends in clothing styles that involve wearing very little actual clothing. Curry said, “Everyone’s in to barely wearing clothes these days huh? Not my style. I like to keep the good stuff covered up for the one who matters.” The one who matters here of course is her husband, the aforementioned MVP and world champion.

She went on to say, “Just looking at the latest fashion trends. I’ll take classy over trendy any day of the week.”

Rather than celebrating Ayesha Curry’s sense of style, feminists and others who have made careers out of being offended and outraged about something new with each passing week accused her of being self-righteous, “slut shaming” and compared her to those who blame sexual assault crimes on the victims.

How tolerant of them.

In an article for ESPNw, (by the way, what is ESPNw?), Brande Victorian gave us this gem.

“The Currys are devout Christians. Rarely does an opportunity go by that the two don’t speak about their faith and how it shapes their day-to-day lives. Christian women are taught to be modest from the time they first set foot in a church, and part of that modesty is wrapped up in the underlying teaching that you are to glorify God with your body, which is only meant to be shared with your husband once you make a covenant before God. It may be an antiquated school of thought by today’s standards. It may even be heavily rooted in sexist patriarchy when you consider the authors of the Bible and the times in which its chapters were written.”

Allow me to translate.

The Currys are Christians. That means that they believe the Bible. And we all know that the Bible hates women because a lot of it was written by and about men. Gasp!

In just a few days, many of us will be celebrating an event that was first introduced to us from the Bible that Brande referred to as “antiquated school of thought” that is “heavily rooted in sexist patriarchy.” Maybe my male privilege is clouding my judgement here but what exactly is sexist about God, who could have came to earth any way he pleased, allowing himself to spend nine months in the womb of a teenage girl?

And what is sexist about women who no doubt were treated as second class citizens in Jesus’ day being some of his closest followers and the first to witness his empty tomb?

And what is so sexist about God using a harlot (that’s the “antiquated” word for prostitute) by the name of Rahab to rescue his people and that same woman being a part of the genealogy of Jesus?

I think I know.

Mary, Rahab and the other women of the Bible never danced around like Beyoncé does. Well, maybe Rahab did but you get my point. They weren’t liberated. They got help from men. On the playgrounds when I was a kid the favoritism of one gender over the other resulted in a made-up disease called cooties. Now it has resulted in a made-up liberation movement known as feminism.

In the world of feminism, clothing is not a reflection of a person’s character. It’s just a fashion choice. That argument falls all to pieces of course when some guy decides to wear cut off jean shorts, Crocs and a Hillary for Prison shirt to the next Planned Parenthood black tie affair.

Clothing really can reflect a person’s character. If you walk outside with hardly anything on, it doesn’t matter what you tell yourself, you are telling the world to look at your “good stuff.” And there is nothing at all classy about that. Parents, remember that the next time you send your daughter off to the mall in short shorts with something stupid like “Too cute” written on the back of them.

Some are sure to take that to mean that I’m blaming rape on the victims. Nothing could be further from the truth. Rapists are monsters. But feminists are often naive. And the two do not make for a good combination.

The world has enough half naked women in it. But there will never be enough women who go against the trendy yet still somehow antiquated ways of the world by sharing their minds and their talents, not their bodies, with the outside world.

But even for those who choose to go that way, there is still hope. Unlike most of the rest of the world, God’s love for you is based on his grace and not your body. Grace means that he offers true liberation by forgiving you of your sins, setting you free from the pressure to fit into some skirt and giving you a new identity in him.

If you don’t believe me, just find one of those “antiquated” books we call the Bible and read about how God rescued and worked through one of Jesus’ ancestors, a girl named Rahab.

And in the same way was not also Rahab the prostitute justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way? James 2:25 (ESV)

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The FBI’s 10 Most Wanted: 2016 Edition

If you see any of the following criminals, do not approach them. Contact your local authorities immediately. Each person on this list is considered armed, dangerous and guilty. Extremely guilty.

1. Thomas Edward James 1024

Thomas Edward James is wanted for the crime of hate speech. On June 3, 2012, James used the words lazy and bossy when referring to two of his employees who came to work 4 hours late. James has also been known to use other hateful words such as terrorist, sin and Jesus.

There is a $25,000 reward for the arrest of Thomas Edward James. If you see him, cover your ears and contact local law enforcement immediately.

2. Maria June Sklar

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Maria June Sklar is wanted for allowing her child to try to overcome a temperature of 100.1 by juice, herbal supplements and plenty of rest. When a friend told her that the child might have the flu, Maria June Sklar responded by saying, “Everything is going to be okay. Stop overreacting.”

Mrs. Sklar goes by the aliases of mom, mommy, babe and sweetie pie.

There is a $10,000 reward for the arrest of Maria June Sklar. If you see her, throw a bunch of Tamiflu at her and contact the Department of Understanding Medicine and Youth (DUMY) immediately.

3. Delbert Ray Bodine

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Delbert Ray Bodine is wanted for being from the south.

There is a $15,000 reward for the capture, dead or alive, of Delbert Ray Bodine. If you encounter him, speak slowly until help from a sophisticated northeastern university arrives to handle the situation.

4. Reverend Charles Henry Spurlock

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There is a $4300 reward for information leading directly to the arrest of Mr. Spurlock. On Sunday, February 1, 2015, Reverend Spurlock preached a sermon where he held up his Bible and said, *WARNING GRAPHIC LANGUAGE* “This is God’s word. It is my final authority.” Reverend Spurlock went on to tell sinners to “repent” and that “Jesus loves them.” Reverend Spurlock was last seen driving a Buick and eating at Sweet Lou’s Kountry Katfish Emporium.

If you see Reverend Spurlock, do not listen to what he has to say. Do not be fooled by his kindness and generosity. Contact the National Union for Theology at the Joel Osteen Bureau (NUTJOB) with any information on Reverend Spurlock.

5. David Morton Anderson

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There is a $6000 reward for information leading to the arrest of David Morton Anderson. On June 3, 2014, David Morton Anderson used a handgun to violate the rights of a misunderstood youth who was entering Mr. Anderson’s home through a window at 2 in the morning.

Mr. Anderson was last seen carrying two illegal items, a gun and a pocket copy of the United States Constitution. He is armed, educated and extremely dangerous.

6. Glenn Gary Yoder

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There is a $3000 fine for information leading to the arrest of Mr. Yoder. There has been a rumor going around on Facebook that he drinks raw milk and doesn’t drive a car. Proceed with caution.

7. Billy Lee Blankenship

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There is a $73000 reward for information leading to the arrest of little Billy. On September 20, 2014, in the school cafeteria, Billy strategically ate his toast so as to make it take on the shape of a gun. He then pointed it to the sky and yelled, “I’m your Huckleberry!”

Do not let Billy’s age deceive you. He’s only 4 but should still be considered armed and dangerous.

8.  Doug and Mary Hargraves

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On the afternoon of April 4, 2015, the Hargraves allowed their two small children, ages 16 and 17, to play basketball in the backyard without adult supervision for three hours. The couple also failed to get a signed, notarized letter from their congressman before allowing their kids to play outside. Finally, the Hargraves family has not paid their basketball tax in over three years.

If you see Doug or Mary, take their picture and shame them on the Internet while waiting on the authorities to arrive.

9. Sherry Catherine Gallagher 

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There is a $3200 reward for the arrest of Sherry Catherine Gallagher. She is wanted for the crime of treason and using logic without a permit. The following is a transcript from a town hall meeting where Congressman Leroy Lee (D, Vermont) was speaking.

Congressman Leroy Lee (D, Vermont): “Who cares if none of us knows what the bill says. The title of the bill sounded good enough so I voted for it. Just trust me.”

Sherry Catherine Gallagher: “But shouldn’t you read the bill befo…”

At that moment, Mrs. Gallagher’s microphone was cut and drones flew in to have her neutralized. Unfortunately, Mrs. Gallagher managed to get away. If you see her, please let Congressman Leroy Lee (D, Vermont) know.

10. Beth Ann Collins

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There is a reward of $23000 for information leading to the arrest of Beth Ann Collins. On the evening of May 3, 2014, she happily cooked a meal for her selfish children and neanderthal husband. They all sat around the table afterward and talked about their day. Mrs. Collins is wanted for failure to live up to the feminist standard.

If you see Mrs. Collins, contact the authorities so that they can rescue her from the chains of family life before it is too late.

All phone calls will remain anonymous. And by anonymous we mean that we know who you are and we will probably add you to the list next year.

Be careful.

It’s a dangerous world out there.

Ten Manly Man Truths That Every Man Should Man Up And Follow

Being a man can be difficult. For some people, the simple fact that you were born as a male automatically makes you a predator. Many men try to fight back against this stereotype by wearing capri pants, drinking everything through a straw and listening to Wilson Philips.

Gentlemen, this is no way for you to live. There is a better way. Behold, I give you Ten Manly Man Truths That Every Man Should Man Up And Follow.

1. When you go someplace to get your haircut it should never take you more than 4.7 seconds to tell the person how you would like your hair to be cut.

Not Manly: “Well, I was looking at the book of hairstyles on your front table and I saw one that looked a little like a fusion between Kenny Loggins and Keith Urban. I’d like something sort of like that but my friends at work say that my face is too long. What do you think? I just don’t want to get something that I’ll regret by the time I go to the Rascal Flats concert tomorrow.”

Manly: “Number two up top, number one on the sides and if you touch the ponytail I’ll kill you.”

2. A gentleman’s club is never frequented by gentlemen.

3. When given the option between watching professional wrestling or the State of the Union Address, a real man will always go with professional wrestling. Either way, you’re watching a show where people are pretending to hate each other only to go out to dinner together with your money when the cameras are off. But, in professional wrestling, at least it’s easier to spot the good guys.

4. Never get your taxes done in a building that was selling Halloween costumes four months earlier.

5. Any man who feels the need to prove that he is a man by attaching something that looks like male genitalia to the back of his truck is, in fact, not a man.

6. A vacuum cleaner is never an acceptable Christmas present for the special lady in your life. Professional wrestling tickets are a much safer bet.

7. Never, under any circumstances, open another man’s grill. There are 40 states in this great country of ours where killing a man for opening your grill while you’re cooking something on it is considered justifiable homicide.

8. When a woman tells you that she is having surgery, never ask her why. Just trust me on this one.

9. Never ask a woman when her baby is due. Never. Even if she’s already in labor.

10. Always open the door for a lady. But you’ll have to be careful on this one. There are some places in our country where a lady will take offense to a man opening the door for her. That’s okay. If you happen to encounter one of these women, as soon as she’s done yelling at you, ask her when her baby is due.

So there you have it, gentlemen. Now you don’t have to navigate your way through the dangerous waters of manhood all alone. Put your straws and Wilson Philips records away. Man up and embrace who you are. Get outside, kill something, throw it on your grill and eat it.

But while you’re grilling, just keep your eye on the fellow in the capri pants.

He’s getting a little too close for comfort to your grill.

A Word To Wives And Mothers Who Settle For Being Average

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A woman who stays at home to care for her children is average. No, wait. It’s worse than that, really. She’s nothing. Her daily tasks of doing laundry, washing dishes, changing diapers and buying groceries really don’t amount to anything. Work so menial should certainly never be compared to the really important duties of doctors and lawyers.

So says feminist blogger Amy Glass in a recently published post entitled, hold on now, I Look Down On Women With Husbands And Kids And I’m Not Sorry.

Catchy, huh?

Again, this was written by a feminist blogger.

Not Howard Stern.

Not Eminem.

Remember the old days when it was just a few narrow-minded men that were doing all the looking down on women? Maybe “look down” is too mild of a summary for Ms. Glass’ opinion. Here’s how she describes her view of the traditional wife and mother.

“Having kids and getting married are considered life milestones. We have baby showers and wedding parties as if it’s a huge accomplishment and cause for celebration to be able to get knocked up or find someone to walk down the aisle with. These aren’t accomplishments, they are actually super easy tasks, literally anyone can do them, they are the most common thing ever, in the history of the world. They are, by definition, average. And here’s the thing, why on earth are we settling for average?”

This is the typical line of reasoning that results from an ideology that can’t make it further than one’s own nose while looking down on others. Of course getting married is easy. And, for many people, so is having a baby. But the difficult part, the accomplishments – if you will, comes after the vows are exchanged and the umbilical cord is cut.

It’s called marriage. It’s anything but easy. It requires sacrifice, planning and communication.

And it’s called parenthood. Again, not easy. Double the sacrifice, planning and communication.

But Ms. Glass calls this “average.”

Maybe, in one sense, she’s right on this one. After all, marriage and parenthood was part of God’s original design. It’s hard to get much more average than the original. But average, if we’re willing to put aside our agenda and find joy in the well-being of another, is infinitely more pleasurable than other so-called accomplishments. I’d love to hear how Adam feels about bucking the average for that really swell looking piece of fruit.

There’s no trophy or pay raise for putting your kids down to bed after a long day spent chasing them around and then enjoying an evening with the person you have been married to for the past decade like it was your first date. But there are also few joys that match that feeling. That’s how true joy usually works. It rarely comes with a certificate or more money.

As you might expect, Ms. Glass would disagree.

“I want to have a shower for a woman when she backpacks on her own through Asia, gets a promotion or lands a dream job not when she stays inside the box and does the house of kids thing which is the path of least resistance.”

Walking through Asia alone is easy. Anyone, just so long as they are able to walk, can do that. What’s the accomplishment there? Where’s the joy in caring for another? Where’s the sacrifice for the good of someone other than yourself? Somewhere back at the trailhead, I suppose. But who’s got time to worry about that when there’s so much great hiking to do?

Pursuing a healthy marriage and trying to raise men and women is by no means “the path of least resistance.” Taking off to find yourself somewhere in Asia is. And it’s left us with an entire generation of grown children who are still searching for that ever-elusive self. But hey, I hear Asia is lovely this time of year.

Maybe the traditional marriage and family is “in the box.” But honestly, couldn’t we all use a return to thinking inside of the box? It’s thinking outside of the box that has given us New Coke and Segway Scooters.

I went home for lunch on Monday afternoon. My wife was there and my son was sitting on her lap when I walked in the door. He’s not old enough for school like his big brother is. So he stays at home with his mom and watches her teach online math classes to students all over our state. When I come home for lunch we all team up to prepare our meal, clean the kitchen and put away dirty clothes. Afterwards, I leave for work. My wife stays at home to teach through a computer screen while a toddler begs her to play just one more game. I don’t know how she does it. But she does. And she does it well.

Amy Glass says that a husband and kids will only get in the way of a woman fulfilling her full potential.

“You will never have the time, energy, freedom or mobility to be exceptional if you have a husband and kids.”

I disagree.

Because exceptional isn’t something you find at the end of a hike through Asia.

The truly exceptional things are found when you sacrifice for the good of another.

And that’s called love.