Hilary Hinton “Zig” Ziglar, American motivational speaker and author said, “If you aim at nothing you will hit it every time.” That’s the reasoning for why many companies will make it your first priority to memorize and adopt their “mission statement” when you begin working for them. Alongside this, many companies will also provide an accompanying set of “core values.” These two pieces together give each employee a clear understanding of the vision that the company hopes that you will follow, with and without oversight. In order for a company to be successful, it needs to have two things: 1) a plan; 2) adherence to the plan. The same applies to military operations, sports plays, and cinematic masterpieces. I suggest that the same could apply to a family just as well.
If you are anything like me, you hate planning ahead. Though it’s rough when things don’t go well for me, I rarely ever do anything to prepare for a favorable outcome. It’s easy to watch life go by and take things as they come. However, if you want your children and your relationship with your partner to succeed, you are going to need to commit to something. Whether it’s easy to admit it or not, it is our responsibility as men to lead our household. Your mission statement for your family, as well as your core values, need to be understood by each family member. Is education a priority to you? How about maintaining a moral code of conduct? Without a plan, you are likely to miss opportunities along the way to instill the basics needed to achieve these aspirations.
For the first post, I wanted to give you a little background behind the blog and the person writing it. The concept of starting a blog came from the challenges created by the COVID-19 outbreak. I had just started my efforts in getting the fatherhood program on its feet when the outbreak hit. As a result, I had found myself sitting on some excellent resources, a plethora of topics to cover, and few clients. And so, I found myself needing to get creative with a medium for communicating information that I have been gathering. That is how this blog came to be.
I have never been a blogger before. In fact, I don’t think I have written much that wasn’t for a class. However, I have a strong passion for seeing men become the fathers that they crave to be. One of the most motivating responses I have received over the years from past clients has been, “yeah, I actually think I can do that!” I found power behind messages that are clear in content and application. I am not aiming to write a best-selling novel. I want you, as the reader, to feel like each post is a simple reminder of timeless truths that can be put into action today. I seek to share whatever wisdom I may have attained from others in a way that does not condemn, but respectfully calls us to action. Make no mistake, I will be challenging myself with these messages as well. We all have room to grow as fathers.
When I was a teenager, I was poured into by a youth pastor that spent a great deal of time teaching me not only what to think, but how to think. Often, we would sit at Outback Steakhouse or the local diner discussing life. We talked about faith, relationships, hobbies, passions, career paths, movies, music, and dreams. That is the vision that I have as I write to you. Though I may never get the chance to sit with you personally and enjoy some steak while I hear about the real you, I want you to know that I write each word as if we were. Additionally, I want you to know that I am living this out as best as I can myself. I too wish to be a better parent today than I was yesterday.
Let us grow together in our role as fathers. Come with me on this journey of self-discovery and personal development. It is my privilege to share what I have learned so far. I hope that you may always find freedom, hope, and encouragement with each message. Feel free to write back and share your thoughts; I want to hear them. Most importantly, may the foundation that you make for your family hold strong through all of life’s challenges.
Brian J. Faust
Heartline Pregnancy Center invites you to get to know Heartline
Hear what’s new at Heartline and tour the clinic and BABE Store
Thursday, September 26, 2019 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm
K21 Health Services Pavilion in Conference Room A
1515 Provident Drive Warsaw, IN
Hor d’oeuvres by Saucy’s
Please RSVP by September 23rd to 574-267-5110
Sponsors are needed for Heartline’s Donut Dash 5K
Warsaw, Ind.—Heartline Pregnancy Center’s Donut Dash will take place on October 19, 2019. Heartline invites area businesses to sponsor the 5K run/walk for life. Sponsors’ logos and promotional items will be featured throughout the event, and those who sign up before August 31, 2019 will get premium sponsorship opportunities.
“Sponsors are crucial to our presence in the community,” says Heartline Director of Operations Alyx Bates. “Their partnership ensures not only our event’s success, but also our mission’s success. Every sponsor plays an integral role in changing local families’ lives.”
Four levels of sponsorship are available, but spaces for sponsorships are limited. To learn more about the opportunities, visit Heartline’s website: www.heartlinepregnancycenter.org/donut-dash-5k/ or call 574-267-5110.
Heartline is dedicated to working to encourage and equip women and men who are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy and help them improve their parenting skills.
On Thursday, April 25, Heartline Pregnancy Center will host its annual Gathering of Hope Banquet at the Winona Heritage Room in Winona Lake, Indiana. Tickets for the event can be purchased online or by calling Heartline at 574-267-5110.
The keynote speaker will be Melissa Coles. Melissa is the birth mother in the short documentary I Lived on Parker Avenue. She will share her story of almost aborting her son, his adoption and the experience of meeting her son 19 years later. Melissa has told her story to audiences around the country.
The emcee for the banquet will be Alan Alderfer of Alderfer Bergen and Company. Alan is the co-founder of the KC Riley Kids Fund, which raises money for families whose children are being treated at Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis. He is also on the board of trustees for Kosciusko Community Hospital, is president of the Salvation Army Advisory Board, was a past president of the Warsaw Rotary Club and is a former board member and treasurer of the Kosciusko County Community Foundation.
“The Gathering of Hope Banquet as always will be a great evening of celebration,” says Alyx Bates, Heartline’s Director of Operations. “We’re excited to share the night with the people in our community and report on what our supporters are accomplishing through Heartline.”
Heartline is dedicated to combating generational and situational poverty through a variety of programs, working to empower and equip men and women in the community who are involved with an unplanned pregnancy.
For questions or more information:
Director of Operations, Heartline Pregnancy Center
Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org