Honor should be given all year

Posted in Culture, Patriotic with tags , , , , , , , , on February 13, 2013 by rylanreed

I couldn’t find this online, so I thought it would be good to just put it down here.

Monday, November 12, 2012 — DailyNebraskan.com

Our View — Take time to honor nation’s veterans this week

War is an ugly thing, and if we lived in a perfect world there would be no such thing as a veteran soldier.  But as it is, conflicts arise and soldiers respond. Risking their lives for the benefit of our great nation, veterans deserve our thanks at the very least.  As you are aware, Sunday was Veterans Day. We hope you did your part in thanking a veteran, whether a family member or friend, and showed your appreciation for the sacrifice done in part by our soldiers.
However, it goes without saying that we shouldn’t be thankful on a few select days throughout the year. Soldiers don’t protect our nation for only a few days – its a lifelong commitment.  Even after they have served our nation in times of conflict, the effects of war are lasting, and the results are often taken for granted.
We are living in a free nation today because of the brave men and women who have fought and served in our military throughout history, as we as those who continue to fight for our freedom today. Many have sacrificed their life protecting a freedom they held dear to their heart just so we could live it, and others endure nightmares and post-war anxiety so we can be safe at home without those things.
There are many ways to show your support or appreciation, and they aren’t confined to just a single day a year.  This week, outside of Runza in the Nebraska Union, there will be opportunities to write a note or letter to a U.S. soldier currently serving overseas. There are always options for volunteering at the local Veterans Affairs office, or getting involved in programs like the Veterans Support Foundation.
The Daily Nebraskan would like to say thank you to all of those who have served in combat as well as all of those who have fallen while protecting our freedom.  Our appreciation for the sacrifices made goes beyond print, and we are forever thankful for your services.   Opinion@DailyNebraskan.com   Andrew Dickinson – Editor-in-Chief

I couldn’t put it in better words.  Thank you, to the men and women that are serving overseas and on the front-lines of the United States.  Thank you veterans, for all you have done to make this country what it is today, and for the freedom we have to live in this great United States of America.

Another good place to go/help is Wounded Warrior Project.  I’m sure there are many more, but this had been on my mind.  The greatest casualty is being forgotten.

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Celebrate 4 where we came from

Posted in Culture, following Jesus, God, Holiday, Patriotic, Politics with tags , , , , , , on July 4, 2012 by rylanreed

Today we celebrate the 4th of July.  A time of fireworks, barbeques, sun, and freedom.  It’s a time of remembering the Declaration of Independence, the courage it took for 57 men to decide the 13 colonies of America had enough of being ruled by another country on another continent, subjected to their rule and order.  The sacrifice it took for those in the 13 colonies to stand up and fight, risking their lives so that they, and generations to come, could be free to live a life worth living.

Here is an excerpt from the President of Hillsdale College, Dr. Larry Arnn, from “How to Celebrate the Fourth of July,” in the July issue of Townhall magazine:

Two hundred thirty-six years ago this Fourth of July, 57 men signed the document that created the American republic. They represented a people of about 3 million grouped in a series of 13 colonies along the eastern seaboard of the United States. They were all wanted men, sought by the commander of the British forces in North America for sedition and treason. He had behind him the resources of the greatest military power on earth. They had behind them the bare beginnings of a government, hardly anything of an army, but something mighty in the way of an idea.

This nation had therefore a desperate beginning. Who but the boldest could believe that the signers of the Declaration of Independence were laying the foundation of the greatest constitutional republic in history? Now that republic has spread across the continent, and its influence reaches around the world. Its population has increased a hundredfold. Its Constitution has provided government to a free people constantly growing in size and territory, each new state joining the union as an equal, its citizens never subjects, its people ever free. There is no story close to it in the history of man.

I would encourage you to read the whole article of what Dr. Larry Arnn has to say about the government today and where we are possibly going to in the future.  We are a free people, able to decide what we want for ourselves and as a people in general.  Let’s not get away from that thinking.

Here is an excerpt from the Declaration of Independence:

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

You can download it here.

Galatians 5:1 “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.”

I am grateful of the freedom I have to believe in the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who died for my life so that I can be able to someday be in Heaven with Him.  The freedom to speak freely about what I believe and have the opportunity to meet freely with those that believe in God as the Creator of this world and country that we are uniquely able to live in, and Jesus His Son being the One who is able to save people from eternal separation.  I am grateful for those 57 men, who decided that they could not take on the task that was set before them without having a faith in something much greater than themselves.

“O what a freedom is thine! freedom from condemnation, freedom to the promises, freedom to the throne of grace, and at last freedom to enter heaven!” – Charles Spurgeon

2 Corinthians 3:17 “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”

I am honored and blessed to live in the land of the free and the home of the brave.  Thank you to the men and women of the Armed forces who have allowed us the safety to live in the land of opportunity and freedom.  You are remembered for your sacrifices!   “This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.”  Elmer Davis

To the Cross

Posted in God, Holiday with tags , , , , , , , , on April 6, 2012 by rylanreed

Today is a time of remembering, for those who follow Jesus Christ, of what He went through leading up to the cross and the glorious resurrection that followed three days later.  As I think about my own life and what I’ve been through leading up to where I am right now, I’m always humbled and blessed to remember that Christ died for my sins and did so even before I knew Him.  I see in the Cross, how much His love is for me, that He would go to a horrible death so that I could spend Eternity with Him when I die. I rejoice in Him, knowing that what He gave was a gift, one that He gives to anyone and everyone that believes in Him, the savior for the world.

A friend showed me this link about Good Friday, a story line from when Jesus started picking out His disciples to just after His death.  You can listen to it here.

At the end, the pastor talks about the stations of the cross, which you can read about here.

Bigger than sports

Posted in Sports world with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 8, 2011 by rylanreed

This showed on Outside the Lines, ESPN, a day or two before the 70th anniversary of Pearl Harbor.  It’s an excellent story of sports and major events, and how at times the moment of a sport doesn’t and shouldn’t take over the attention of what ever the major event brings to focus about life.  Here is a transcript of what Bruce Smith said after he received the Heisman.

Another moment comes to mind for me, the day Nebraska played Penn St. in Football and how both teams came to the middle of the field in unity and prayer.  A great moment in sports, and a small starting block of healing for everyone involved.

Here Texas goes again

Posted in Sports world with tags , , , , , , on July 22, 2011 by rylanreed

I am sure every one knew this was coming, even when the great University of Texas said they wanted the best for the conference, Texas just wants to be on top of everything, no matter who it pushes into the dirt.

Here are a few really good articles talking about this little situation college football, Big 12, and the teams in it are trying to figure out the best possible outcome.  My suggestion, let Texas be with Texas, every one in the Big 12 find somewhere else to go (I know you can) and don’t worry about what stunts they might try to pull.  I’m glad Nebraska is out, sorry to not have the games against the good teams (Oklahoma, Kansas, Oklahoma St, Kansas St, and Mizzu), and wish Texas wasn’t so… arrogant and controlling might be some of a few words I could use for them.

It’s actually fun to watch the whole thing rumble and crumble along the way.  I would totally suggest Oklahoma and Texas A&M, and well everyone else to go look for another conference, it will be good for you and everyone else.

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For the dads

Posted in Family, Holiday with tags , , , , , on June 19, 2011 by rylanreed

Today we have the chance to celebrate the dads that brought us up through our lives, in the hard times and also the good times, that has made us who we are as men and women.  No one’s perfect, and some fathers will say they wished they would have done things differently, but they were there ‘in the flesh and heart’ for most of their kids.  I can’t speak for all fathers, but my dad was there willing to help out whenever it was needed.  He worked his butt off and continues to do so, to give us the ability to do and try the things that we wanted to accomplish.  Some kids were not so lucky.  Their dads either died when they were young, were there only ‘in the flesh’ and didn’t really care about what was going on in their kids lives, or they left their mothers before the kids were born or a little after the marriage.

Celebrating Fatherhood: An important Missing Link

Pt. 1 – Fathers are necessary to the healthy development of children

Anthony has been raised by a loving mother and other family members for the past 11 years, but there is a huge hole in his heart… his missing father.

Research shows that a loving and nurturing father improves outcomes for children, families and communities, and fathers who live with their children are most likely to have a close, enduring relationship with their children.  Children with involved, loving fathers are significantly more likely to do well in school, have healthy self-esteem, exhibit empathy and pro-social behavior, and avoid high-risk behaviors including drug use, truancy, and criminal activity. The growing absence of fathers in children’s lives has emerged as one of our nation’s greatest social problems, resulting in lost opportunities for children and a financial burden to society.

American children are in crisis and families are in need of assistance due to father absence.  Statistics consistently point out that children who grow up without their fathers are more likely to be poor, to use drugs, to experience educational, health, emotional and behavioral problems, to be victims of child abuse, and to engage in criminal behavior than their peers who live with their married, biological (0r adoptive) parents.

{ Research: About 75 percent of children raised in father-absent homes will experience poverty before they reach age 11, compared to only 20 percent of kids in two parent families.}

The truth is this: Children need committed fathers as much as they need their mothers. While it’s impossible to piece together a complete picture through statistics alone, the following indicate some correlation between absentee fathers and a variety of social problems:

  • In a 1997 report to Congress, the U.S. Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) provides national demographic data on children enrolled in CMHS funded services. They found that “on the whole, children living in single-parent families are more likely to experience poverty than children living in two-parent homes.” Further, “of those children living in poverty, 73 percent were living in families maintained by mothers, as compared to 22 percent of those children living with both parents, and 5 percent living with their families.”
  • In a 2004 study by the National Council on Family Relations, researchers noted that “most children (56%) live in two-biological-parent married families,” but that “the share of children residing with two biological married parents has been steadily declining.”  This decline was found to negatively affect child well-being in several ways, including that “adolescents living outside two-biological-parent married families tend to exhibit more behavioral and emotional problems” and are “significantly less engaged in school.”
  • A study published in the February 2007 issue of the Journal of Population Economics notes: “There is longstanding evidence that youth raised by single parents are more likely to perform poorly in school and partake in ‘deviant’ behaviors such as smoking, sex, substance use, and crime.  However, there is not widespread agreement as to whether the timing of the marital disruption differentially impacts youth outcomes.”  After undertaking their research, the authors concluded that an additional five years spent with the biological father significantly lowers a youth’s likelihood of engaging in the named behaviors and that in general, “the longer the father remains in the household, the ‘better off’ the youth is.

The evidence is clear. Fathers are extremely important figures in the lives of their children and their influence cannot be underestimated.

Family Spectrum Magazine, Open Forum pg 24, June 2010 omahapublication.com

So lets encourage our dad’s today, to be the men that lead country to be its best everyday, and that leads by example how to live a life not solely for themselves but for the betterment of others.  Let us also encourage those that gave up their right to be a father or those that want to become fathers, to start becoming a part of the kids lives that they brought into this world, or for those not yet with kids to incorporate a part of their lives with children.  Fathers are a big part of a kids life, just like mothers, to help bring them up to be responsible adults.

Thank you dad!

Cause and Effect

Posted in Culture with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 28, 2011 by rylanreed

I saw this posted in my work place and thought I would re-post it on here:

…another fatal accident because of texting…

Last Saturday two of my brothers, my brother-in-law, a family friend since grade school (basically another brother) and a buddy of theirs from work all went bike riding (motorcycle) in the Boston Mountains.

The buddy from work (Pat), lost control and hit something and totaled his bike. He was fine, not a scratch on him thank God. They all stopped of course, called a tow truck for the bike. the tow truck driver had just loaded the bike and they were getting ready to hit the road again when a car came up over the hill with three (3) teenage girls. It was still daylight and they all heard the car and when they looked back only seconds before it came upon them they noticed the driver (later learned 16 years old) was looking down (either texting or sending a text – details still unknown).

My 2 brothers, and 1 brother-in-law got out of the way within seconds of her car hitting the truck/trailer with the totaled bike (Pat was still sitting in the tow truck talking to the driver)… our old friend (mike) was in front of the truck on his bike and like everyone else was trying to get out of the way of the car but didn’t quite make it… the car flipped before finally rolling a total of three times.  Amazingly, all three girls climbed out of the car and though shook up didn’t appear to be hurt… that was when everyone noticed Mike had been hit just as the car flipped down the hill… he was conscious for a time but once the helicopter got there he no longer had a pulse and was declared dead at the scene…

As torn as so many who loved Mike are… just a real good guy, father of an 11 year old boy, he had a double wedding with of my sisters and her husband, we all fought with him over who got the best chair when we laid around the house watching movies and mom yelled at him to help with dishes no different than the rest of us after we at everything in the house……but you know who my heart goes out to maybe even more? That 16 year old girl because just as her life should be beginning, it may have ended… in the state of AR it’s against the law to text, even if Mike’s family doesn’t choose to prosecute the state will… and will there ever be a day go by that she doesn’t remember Mike and those he left behind.

NEVER BE DISTRACTED!

I have gotten into the habit lately of either: texting, looking at texts, looking up numbers to call, changing the radio station, finding a station that I had heard of before, or even looking at the things around me instead of what is happening on the street in front of me or on either sides of me.  I wouldn’t say I’m a bad driver, but I’ve heard to many of these kinds of things happening when it could have been avoided.  Motor vehicles are such powerful instruments that we have at our fingertips and we can take them for granted so often that bad things inevitably will happen to who ever is in those situations.  I hope for my sake and everyone else, that we will start to concentrate more on what we are doing and not so much on the what could be or what we want to be doing next.