Frustration to Wisdom

There are many things in the year 2012 that frustrate me. First of all, the speed of life. It is an absolute whirlwind! With the seemingly endless ways we are able to take in information, nothing is “new” very long. Before you can even learn how your latest iGadget works, there’s another grand promotion of the “new” version—not to mention all those folks waiting in line.

Similarly, when cabinet member XYZ embezzles half-a-million dollars, we catch the beginning of the “information we have at this time” (most of which inevitably turns out to be false), and by the time the average American citizen begins to finally get some facts from the story, it’s ancient news! Since last week’s “breaking news,” we’ve been notified of gross voter fraud, a landmark case the Supreme Court is hearing, and Congressmen ABC had two affairs last month! Heck, I didn’t even have time to get mad at anyone from the first scandal! Yep, the speed of life in 2012 frustrates me.

However, I have found that the access to information that drives me crazy serves as the greatest classroom I could ever dream up. I have access to literally tens of thousands of positive and negative stories every hour of every day to illustrate the basic things I want to teach my kids. All I have to do is open my iPad or jump online and start pulling up the latest stories happening all over the world. It takes mere minutes to find a story to use, to validate any of the truths I have been teaching my kids. Obviously, there is an even greater number of “yuck stories” and happenings in the news I can use to demonstrate what happens when you forsake truth and wisdom and choose to walk away from guiding principles. It’s one of the most effective ways I have ever seen to persuade a child to receive and embrace a value system.

Three things are required:

  1. A truth to teach
  2. A story that illustrates it
  3. Five minutes to find it

(By the way, I always read the story first and tell the paraphrased version.)



About Kris Hogan

With a 16-year educational tenure under his belt, Kris Hogan has spent the last nine years working at Grapevine Faith High School in Grapevine, Texas. In addition to sitting on its administrative team, Hogan also pulls double duty as Faith’s head football coach. Hogan also was the subject of Remember Why You Play, a 2008 book by sports columnist and author David Thomas that chronicled the lives, struggles and successes of Coach Hogan and his team. READ MORE→