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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!



Enough is enough!

Last year I went to Big Shed Happens in Brisbane. I heard a fantastic bloke speak about the issues that face society today. I hear from so many people concerned about where our great nation is heading. Peter Janetzki does a 35 minute presentation on Enough is enough!

Check it out below. (There are 3 clips of 12 minutes each.)

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Shed Night Australia

Shed nights are sweeping their way across Australia. They provide a safe place for men to get together and do life together. The shed is giving blokes an opportunity and a space for them to meet their Creator one on one.

One of the biggest killers of men today is loneliness. Going through life by yourself is no good! It doesn’t have to be that way anymore.  We’ve been designed to connect with each other. Once a month you can come to a shed night and meet a bunch of champion blokes.

You will be encouraged to become the ‘real’ blokes you were created to be. Seeing men speak from their hearts instead of their heads is healing relationships across this nation.

Below is a ‘top notch’ 3 minute youtube clip which explains more about shed nights. Check it out.

There is more information at the website shednight.com. If you’re on facebook then check out the shed night page here.

Rain needed.

Life on the land can be pretty tough. With the season nearing it’s end there are still areas of this great country that need rain.

So please keep in mind the farmers out there that are looking for a soaking rain for their crops or stock feed. Wherever you are please pray specifically to our Creator for rain to soak the dry areas of this country.

Remember He is a faithful God and does answer our prayers. If you know people doing it tough through dry times (weather, relationships, finances, health etc.) maybe just give them a quick call or text to offer some encouragement.

A battle is easier fought in numbers. Not alone!

You get out what you put in.

Are you a spectator or a player? Do you sit on the fence and shout abuse or tell others how to play the game? Or are you right in the thick of it? At the bottom of the pack, dishing out the handballs, taking the hits and tackles.

You know in the game we call life, you get out of it what you put in. If you’re prepared to go the extra mile and get involved with something, your life will return peace, contentment and good results.

This weekend myself and a mate headed to the Riverland to encourage a bunch of blokes to become the ‘real deal’ bloke we were created to be. We spent 7 hours travelling in the car and spoke to the blokes about shed nights for 45 minutes. Most people would think we’re mad doing that. But you know… we had the best road trip. Sitting,chatting, listening and getting to know a bloke at a deeper level was the outcome. But we did the hard yards and gave up our time for the benefit of 22 other champion blokes.

The encouragement they received from us was repaid to us in spades. Fellas thanked us for coming and pumped us up to continue shed nights in our own area. The least we can do is to pass on what we’re learning to others.  So instead of discouraging someone and telling them how crap they are, try something that is way out there. Maybe encourage them instead. If you seem to be getting no where by discouraging others – try the reverse. What have you got to lose? Not much I reckon. But by hang… you have a lot to gain!

I played for the Central Yorke Cougars in 2007 and won the A grade footy flag. In that year we worked pretty hard to get the result. But we got out what we put in. Life is exactly the same.

So it’s time to get off the fence and get in the game. You have no impact as a spectator. Just have a crack.

Don’t wait for the perfect opportunity to do something or to get involved in your community. Do it now. You’ll learn on the run but I guarantee you’ll get out of it what you put in.

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