It's been an interesting year, as I begin my 45th year of life on this planet today, there are a few things that have me thinking.
First, allow me to recommend the movie "Courageous" to all of you real men out there.
Last week I invited readers to join my wife and I for a date night Saturday evening at the Southpark 7 to take in the newest film from the same folks that touched your hearts with "Facing the Giants" and "Fireproof."
I was neither disappointed with the turnout or the film. And I believe I was not the only person impressed with the movie.
These filmmakers use God's message to touch your heart and make you think. The film touched on personal tragedy, loss and the role of Godly fathers in the lives of their children and as spiritual leaders of their households.
It also touched on the tragic statistics presented for those young people who do not grow up with strong, moral male leadership in their lives.
"Courageous" is exactly that, a courageous stand on an issue which needs to be tackled in today's society.
You'll laugh, you'll cry and men - real men - will walk out of the theater with a renewed vision for the role they play in the lives of those who count and rely on them as leaders and examples in their lives.
Depending on who you listen to, Hank Williams Jr. either got the boot or walked away from ESPN's Monday Night Football following controversy over comments he made on a FOX News morning show about President Barack Obama.
While on the show, Williams likened President Obama playing golf with House Speaker John Boehner to Hitler playing with Benjamin Netanyahu.
So everyone took it and ran, saying Williams compared the President to Hitler. Which he did not by the way. What Williams did was make the comparison of two people who don't particularly like one another sharing a round of golf.
But ESPN did what ESPN does anytime the public raises an eyebrow. They immediately pulled Williams song - which has opened Monday Night Football for more than two decades - as its opening theme. Tuesday, it was announced ESPN kicked Williams and his music to the curb. A short time later it was announced Williams took his ball and went home.
Regardless of who left who, the whole thing is stupid. Williams didn't compare Obama to Hitler. Whose to say Obama wasn't Netanyahu in the story?
Does anybody remember when the lead singer of The Dixie Chicks bashed President George W. Bush and the war. Didn't go over too well then either. And when a few country stations went the route of ESPN, parting ways with the sisters' music - the station's right, just as it's the right of the sports network giant - I didn't support that it.
We live in a country where speech is supposed to be free. The exchange of ideas is supposed to be protected in the public forum. Now I guess it's only protected if it's politically correct.
And finally, the world lost one of its most brilliant technological minds and innovators this week when Steve Jobs passed. No sense going over the multitude of technology creations Jobs is credited for. He is without a doubt someone who has impacted lives across the globe with his ideas and contributions.
Last week, I challenged people to go to www.180movie.com and spend 33 minutes reviewing the street interviews then offer comment in the forum we provide online or on our Facebook page. A few of you did and I appreciate. Would still encourage those on the fence to view and share - regardless of you opinion.
The 180 movie focuses on the topic of abortion.
Some of you may not be aware, Steve Jobs was adopted. His mother, faced with the pressure of an unwed, interracial pregnancy in the 1950s Midwest, was faced with a tough choice. With that pressure, under the scrutiny of those around her, she chose life, giving birth to Jobs and putting him for adoption.
How different the world would have been had she made the other choice? Makes me wonder how many Jobs have been lost to the genocide which has topped 53 million?