The Purpose Of Family

We know artists by their most important creations: Michelangelo by the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, Beethoven by his “Fifth Symphony,” George Lucas by the Star Wars saga. Each masterpiece reveals something of its creator.

The same is true of God. We catch a glimpse of the Artist at work by reading the first two chapters of Genesis. He spoke galaxies into existence, formed the mountains, filled the oceans, and planted forests with a magnificent range of color and variety. His playful side is evident in creatures such as humming birds, ostriches and skunks. But the masterpiece that reveals more about God than anything else shows up when God made something called “family” (Genesis 1:27-28).

Two essential elements of family — marriage and parenthood — reveal God’s character like nothing else in Creation. The love between a husband and wife provides a glimpse of Christ’s passionate devotion to us as His bride. In the same way, the ups and downs of parenthood offer a compelling picture of God’s tenderness and patience toward us as His children.

And family does more than reflect God’s character. It provides a safe place where children can experience God’s love (through their parents) and learn how to love other people.

Even Christ himself was born within the context of a family. “God in the flesh” submitted to an earthly mom and dad to model what it means to honor parents and to benefit from their loving direction. It was within the nurturing care of His earthly family that “Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men” (Luke 2:52).

Our children need to know that God has a special purpose for placing them within a family. Help your family explore this truth and lead them into a deeper appreciation for the family God has given them.

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Gold Cup 2013

USA doesn’t have their A team for this Gold Cup. But I expect nothing less than a Gold Cup championship. It’s an opportunity for a lot of guys to show their quality to Klinsmann. We should get everyone’s best in this tournament. There’s no need for anyone to hold back on this team. It’s time to get it done.

Last week the boys had a great warm up match vs Guatemala. Here’s the highlights:

Tonight, USA faces Belize to begin group play in the Gold Cup. Go USA!

Here’s a tribute to a game I was at & I’m in this video on the front row holding up Old Glory:

Clint Dempsey, The Fighter

Clint Dempsey, was recently named the captain of the US Men’s Soccer Team by Coach Jurgen Klinsmann. Many have questioned his decisions to not put players like Landon Donvan and Carlos Bocanegra on the roster. But the decision to make Dempsey the captain embodies Klinsmann’s philosophy to take US Soccer to the next level and hopefully become a world power in soccer. Here’s what Klinmann said to the media after being asked about naming Clint the captain of the team:

“Is he highly talented? Does he have all the tools that you need to have to play at the highest level? Yes,” Klinsmann said. “But what is far more important: He has the drive. He has the hunger. He’s not satisfied.”

Clint’s drive to be the best is seen in the video below: