I honestly thought I’d earn some points with people coming to the defense of Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King, Justin Bieber and all of motherhood. Well, I knew I was pushing the envelop with the Biebs, but even so, I didn’t expect the accusation of being mean.
I wish Wendy had more time to write. She has quite a bit to say about family life, and she enjoys encouraging other moms while she raises our 12 children still at home. She threw an article at me last week and said, “Respond to this for me,” and went back to mothering.
My mom celebrated her second year of blogging yesterday (www.JudyJeub.com). I set her blog up and trained her in, and she’s been a most loyal daily blogger since. It’s almost a miracle that she’s a blogger, because two years ago she didn’t even know how to turn on a computer.
Mom’s ambition to blog sprung from a desire to put her writings into order and form a book. Judy Jeub has always been a writer. She has accumulated boxes and boxes of journals over the years, representations of a rich history of stories and experiences to share.
However, the discipline to sit down and pull it all together was hard. Where to begin?
I may be the only 40-something Christian parent who thinks Justin Bieber is worth believing in. Even after his Lamborghini/DUI scandal. This post is directed to those who disagree with me on this — which is perhaps the entire Christian community. But please, hear me out, or we might as well throw our youth to the wolves.
Now this is how the arguments for life will persuade people to the pro-life position. Notice how Lila shapes every attempt to marginalize her position back to the more convincing, compassionate respect for human life. While the president of NARAL made only arguments that her pro-choice community would accept, Lila made appeals that only the coarsest person would deny.
Watch for yourself. I believe this is perhaps the most convincing pro-life debate I’ve ever seen.
Personally, one of my favorite historical leaders is Martin Luther King Jr. Here’s why: he pressed a most radical hypothesis beyond a boundary that I personally have reasoned, and the test ended up true. I have had to accept his results in several personal conflicts in my life.
I hadn’t always held MLK up with such high regard. It wasn’t until later in my life — after painful conflicts and tribulations toughened me up a bit — that I began to appreciate what he did.
My family, the Jeub Family, spent 16 hours on the road, crammed into a 15-passenger van riding home from a visit in Minnesota. I’d like to tell you about the podcast that made the time fly.
We hadn’t been to Minnesota in the winter for 14 years. We just had to do a snowman. (iphone 4S)
Haven’t we all been caught up in urban legends? Be honest. Most of us have been caught forwarding on a message of untruth to save our friends from impending doom. We were likely corrected by friends, but it didn’t help our feeling of embarrassment.
There are those who think Mother Teresa was a heretic. Seriously. My wife got one of those visitors on her Facebook page, calling Mother Teresa a false prophetess of some twisted sort. Mother-freaking-Teresa. For all things holy and good, I can’t let this one go without commenting.
Wendy posted a quote she read during her sister’s memorial service on Saturday:
“Love has no other message but its own. Every day we try to live out Christ’s love in a very tangible way, in every one of our deeds. If we do any preaching, it is done with deeds, not with words. That is our witness to the gospel.” ~Mother Teresa
If you’re thinking these are the words of someone as self-centered and uncaring as the Wolf of Wall Street, you aren’t too far from one of Wendy’s Facebook friends who felt the need to correct Wendy’s blind admiration for Mother Teresa: