Category Archives: heart

We are made to be overcomers.

“The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.” – Moliere

We all have hurdles and mountains to climb. Sometimes it feels all too much and you feel like giving up. We have to find that something inside of us, to overcome it.

“All the world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming.” – Helen Keller

“You can’t cross the sea by merely standing and staring at the water.” – Rabindranath Tagore.

If all you do today is take a step forward, then you have achieved a mighty thing.

 


The Father Effect

“The biggest problem our country is facing right now is dealing with fatherhood and the roles that dads are playing in the lives of their families.”

“We have a whole generation of men, who don’t understand how much they mean to their kids.” – Tony Dungy, Author

As a father, I can have the biggest impact to shape our community to be better. It starts in my home raising my kids.

Check out this short film below to hear stories of the Father Effect. After watching, share in the comments below on how your father has shaped you. Good or bad!

 


What makes a home?

A question I’ve been asking myself recently is what makes a home?  A week from now we will of left our home as we knew it, to start a new one on a farm property.

Photo courtesy of happynews.comWe have known for a while now we will be moving house but as the days near to the big move the feelings of sadness, grief or even loss come to mind and are in our hearts. We know this is where God is leading us but the plan is yet to be revealed.

Earlier this year I took a farmhand job on a friends farm due to work being quiet in the building industry. From the day I took the job, myself and Lisa knew a move was on the cards. Driving a half hour to and from work each day gets tiring.

We have started to pack boxes and remove photos from the walls and fridge. The first house we’ve known as a family, starts to look quite bare and cold. We have spoken about what we’ll miss from the area and they are the creature comforts we have become accustomed to. DVD shops, foodland 5 minutes away, the beach is a 5 minute walk and the pizza and take away shops are just around the corner.

These are all things which can be replaced by new experiences living on a farm property. The farm will give great space for the kids to learn and grow and will be where I do most of my work.

When we start to peel back the layers of moving house, the one thing (apart from all the material stuff) we can take with us are the memories. Building our first home together was huge and then to move into it just after being married was special. Setting the house up as our own and bringing Ollie and Matilda home for the first time were moments we’ll always cherish. Seeing the place change over the years in the garden from old photos is unreal. When we stopped and thought about all the time we spent out there turning it from dirt to a garden was amazing. From building pergolas, sheds, laying pavers and lawn, planting shrubs and fruit trees. All this was revealing who we are as a family.

The memories that brings tears to our eyes is when people were involved. Friends and family came over for birthdays, baptisms, christmas lunches and someone would always just drop in for a coffee or quiet beer. But then I think about the endless races we had with Ollie up and down the driveway on scooters and playing hide and seek. We’ll always remember these times and where they happened at stocker street Moonta Bay.

So next week we’ll be busy setting up our new home to make it something that is about our family. A house is just mere bricks, mortar and bare and naked walls. But when you start to reveal your heart in the place, that is when it really becomes a home.

As I reflect, the question still stands. What makes a home? What is home?

You’ve all heard the saying, “Home is where the heart is.”

It’s only as I’ve written this post has it made sense. I believe that no matter where I go or what house I live in, I’ll always be home. As long as I have my relationship with God, my beautiful and loving wife and 2 happy and smiling kids I’ll always be home.

These people are what brings me home. These people are in the centre of my heart. They are home to me.

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This clip by Switchfoot describes everything that home is. Have a listen.


Some great stories in the AFL Grand Final

The 2012 AFL season has come to an end for another year. If you love your footy like I do, you’ll know it was a cracker game. Sydney were just brilliant and had that little bit more when it was needed. In the fall out of this grand final there have been some great stories. Some that stood out for me were the ones which come from the heart.

Photo courtesy of AAP Newswire Multimedia

Firstly to see Jarrad McVeigh, the swans co-captain stand aloft with the premiership cup was an inspiration to all.

Just over 12 months ago, McVeigh and wife Clementine suffered a tragic loss, when their infant daughter, Luella, died after a month-long battle with a heart problem.

He was able to celebrate his first flag with his wife and baby daughter Lolita-Luella, who was born in July. Seeing the footage of his wife and baby at the final siren brought a tear to my eye. (You can watch this by clicking on AFL Game Day. Scroll down and click on video McVeigh family’s emotional ride.)

As I write this my 6 month old daughter, Matilda is rolling around on the floor, smiling and blowing raspberries. My heart aches for parents who have lost little ones when they bring such joy to our lives. Stopping, admiring and appreciating them is what life is all about.

The other story was the humble nature of Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson. Many would say that the loss of a grand final is a tragedy but Clarkson put the loss into perspective.

The Herald Sun writes:

Speaking a the Hawks’ Grand Final dinner at Crown, Clarkson said: “(This) isn’t a true tragedy. True tragedy, as I said to the players after the game, is what happened to that poor lady in Brunswick last week.

“True tragedy is what happened to Jarrad McVeigh’s daughter last year.”

One-month-old Luella McVeigh died from a heart condition.

“True tragedy is what happened to my brother-in-law earlier this year when he died of a brain tumour,” Clarkson added.

“That’s what brings a genuine tear to my eye.

“We’re in the theatre of sport.”

The amount of media publicity in sport today, makes some think that this is all that matters, but to hear a coach put the mere game of footy into perspective was refreshing.

Throughout the footy season there is conversation made to sound like this is all that matters in life. But when you step back from the game itself there are people’s lives and relationships which are more important.

Hearing a couple of these stories away from the grand final itself is what I truly love to hear.

Listening to people’s heart speak gives you a huge insight into the person. So when you are walking through life, take a step back from the intense nature of the footy and maybe sift through it to find something with greater meaning.

After all, footy’s only a game!