I think there is some sort of celestial penance for hacking your mother’s Facebook. There’s gotta be. (Screenshot)
My speech and debate club had its open house last night. About forty people showed up for information on how to get involved with what I call the “homeschool sport.” I’d like to share a perspective with you on why I think everyone should be involved in speech and debate.
Phil Robertson, the patriarch [of the A&E hit series Duck Dynasty], did not want to do the show.
“He said, ‘I’m already as famous as I want to be.’ I explained to him: ‘Phil, this can expand your platform to talk about the things you like to talk about.’ ”
- Willie Robertson
Monumentum is my speech and debate club. Our Open House is this Tuesday, August 27, at 6:00 p.m. I am surprised at how many clubs across the nation fail to host an open house, because I have good reasons it would be awesome for your club.
Before I give you those reasons, let me give you my most humble, honest, and excited invitation to you: YOU’RE INVITED. If you’re within driving distance of New Life Church in Colorado Springs, show up:
Monumentum Speech & Debate Club Open House
Tuesday, August 27 at 6:00 pm
New Life Church, Colorado Springs (map)
RSVP to win a door prize
We’re going to have a great time. There will be a lot of new families mixed in with those returning. I can’t wait!
However, there are reasons every club should have a rendition of an Open House. Here are five…
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Perhaps it seems awkward to tie my personal blog to the Jeub Monster Download. The download is all about speech and debate, which is my job. On my personal blog, I’ll talk about business, my family, philosophical or relational issues — not always about speech and debate — but I have good reasons I believe you’ll still want to subscribe to ChrisJeub.com.
Yesterday, on the way to church, Wendy and I pinpointed a problem we have. The realization bloomed from a point of pain. You may be able to help.
To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket — safe, dark, motionless, airless — it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. The alternative to tragedy, or at least to the risk of tragedy, is damnation. The only place outside Heaven where you can be perfectly safe from all the dangers and perturbations of love is Hell.
~ C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves
I have a thought I had wanted to share for some time now. It has to do with any kind of shocking story that hits us. And we all have stories. Drama hits and shakes anyone’s world at times. Here are a few doozies we’ve come across ourselves or have had friends experience:
- Family members come down with a sicknesses or injuries that rush you to hospital care and a mountain of medical bills.
- A teenager or young adult is discovered living a double life, rebelling in secret, engaging in some sort of deprived sin, harming herself and perhaps others.
- The main income of the family — job loss for employed folks or market change for business people like me — radically shifts and declines.
- A confidante or support group goes AWOL on you, abandons or betrays your confidence, leaving you alone to clean up an emotional mess, a mess you didn’t make.
I bet you could come up with a bullet point of your own. My best advice — and what is turning out to be my only advice — is to hang in there. Grieve, weep, put one foot in front of another and just take the next step, whatever’s next, just do. Because…
A story is unfolding before you, you don’t know what the end is, but it will come around. Hang in there.
Does this resonate with you? I have walked through each of the bullet points above in the past. Let me share briefly how a devastating story that at its onset shook my world, but eventually came full circle to be a significant narrative with incredible power.
I’m a bit offended. TIME didn’t call me for a rebuttal. I have 16 children — and I’m a debate coach to boot — and would have loved the opportunity to rebut Lauren Sandler’s article “The Childfree Life.”
TIME magazine made a splash in today’s issue that claims the childfree life is something to be quite happy with. My wife, Wendy, and I have written extensively about the joys of more than one, most notably in our book Love in the House, available on Kindle for $2.99. Our second book, Love Another Child, gets a bit deeper in the analysis of the childfree lifestyle, and more particularly over the consequences in the world as such a worldview unfolds.
The “childfree life” is different than a childless life in this respect: the would-be parent is consciously choosing not to have children. Nowadays, if you want children, you can have them, even if you are physically unable to bear your own. The childfree folks are enthusiastic about no children. Lauren Sandler, the TIME author, goes through great pangs (pardon the pun) to emphasize the positive decision to avoid children. Despite the obvious demographic horrors of a declining population (yes, “horror” is an accurate term for it), Sandler seems quite giddy over the “childfree by choice” choice.
Last week went fantastic. I hosted one of the largest camps in the country, had Michael Hyatt join us as keynote speaker, and pulled off a camp that will be remembered for years by these students.
That’s not to say it wasn’t without its problems. In fact, there were a boatload of them. It was almost comical at times: rooms locked behind us, double-booking events, inappropriate comments from people who you’d think would be on your side. It was bad!
I’ve gotten used to something: when things go wrong, big things are about to happen. The only response is to keep your cool. I came up with a list. Remember these things…