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When I was growing up, salve I was involved in about every sport. One of my favorite sports was soccer. I loved soccer for the camaraderie, cialis the fun, cialis sale and maybe most of all for the competition. One season, when I was about ten, my cousin and I were on opposing teams, both headed for the league championship. I can still remember telling everyone in the family how much better our team was than theirs and how much better of a player I was than my cousin. The day of the deciding game finally came, it was my team vs. his team. I was goal keeper for our team and he was a forward. I will never forget when my cousin broke away from the pack and was running toward the goal with the ball. It was just me and him. I was telling myself that now was the time to prove that I was indeed the better soccer player. He got closer, took his shot, and the ball whizzed past me safely into the net. Ugh! He had beaten me! Not only did he beat me in a one on one matchup, his team beat my team that day. Everything that I had said about how much better I was than him suddenly came crashing in. I learned a valuable lesson in humility that day.

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I can remember driving down the highway in that old '84 red Ford Grenada station wagon. My sister and I were in the back seat and I was tired of her messing with me. "OK," I said, "See this imaginary line right here?" I drew a line with my hand down the middle of the back seat. "You cannot cross this line." "That side is yours and this is mine." Most of you have been there at some time or other. Eventually negotiations break down and one or the other side crosses the line and gets real close, but then starts to say, "I'm not touching you...I'm not touching you."

You see, we all have our own kingdom. It is our sphere of influence, the place where what we say goes. As children driving down the road sitting in that back seat, our sphere was pretty small. Eventually, mom or dad gets tired of the whole deal and says, "This is my kingdom and I will stop this car right now if y'all don't cut it out!"

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This month we will celebrate fathers. It is impossible to overstate the importance that fathers play in all of our lives. I was lucky enough to grow up with a strong father's influence in my life. My dad taught me some very valuable life lessons...how to be strong in the face of adversity, how to handle that curve ball life will inevitably throw at you, and maybe most importantly, how to live a life full of integrity and beyond reproach.

Now that I am a father myself, I understand the weight of responsibility that accompanies the job. I know that not everyone is a father, but we all have people in our lives that look up to us, that are watching our every move to see how we will respond in any given situation. More often than not, it is our actions that teach. Our actions carry far more weight than the words we speak. Many years ago, I read a poem by Jeff Bresee that still resounds within me today...

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I sometimes think it is mothers that make the world go round. It had been a long, find grueling football game that Saturday morning. We just got through beating our latest opponent, patient and I was tired. I had given everything that my 7th grade body had to give. Our family was walking back to the car, recipe me carrying my helmet in my hand, when I thought my mom had gone crazy! She had walked behind me and I could hear her getting upset about something. “Calvary Callender,” she said, “I want to know who did this to you!” Dad slowed down to meet up with her and started laughing. “I’m serious,” she said. Dad explained that I had the mud impression of a football cleat on my back. I tried to tell her not to worry about it, but she persisted. She wanted to go find the kid who did that and have a talk with him and his mother. I always knew that mom loved me, but in that moment it became something more. She wanted to protect me. I don’t think I have ever told her how much that simple gesture impacted me, but I have carried that very philosophy into my family dynamic. Protecting my family is one of my top priorities, and it all started with my mom.

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plantingseedsI was reminiscing with my wife this morning and I recalled how my Momma always told me that anything you plant on Good Friday would grow. Being a doubting Thomas, like I am, she thought she would show me that she was telling the truth...

Early the next day she got one of the snuff tins (we used snuff tin's and snuff jars for drinking glasses) and planted a pinto bean early on Good Friday morning. We set the tin on a wooden window sill, and I watered it plenty. It's a good thing she had a saucer under it for the holes to drain the extra water onto.

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