Find It Only Here On Friday: Important Life Lessons
A native of North Carolina,
Dr. David Chadwick graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill
where he played basketball and was a member
of the 1969 NCAA Final Four Basketball Team.
In addition to his undergraduate degree in Communications,
David has a graduate degree in Counseling from the University of Florida
plus a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry degree
from Columbia Theological Seminary.

David has been the pastor of Forest Hill Church since 1980
where worship has grown from 180 to more than 6,000
with campuses located in Ballantyne, Fort Mill, South Park and Waxhaw
and soon on South Boulevard and in South End/Uptown.
In addition, David has written several books including The Dean Smith Biography,
It’s How You Play The Game: The 12 Leadership Principles of Dean Smith
and 8 Great Ways to Honor Your Wife.

His next book, a devotional titled Hearing the Voice of God
will be available in book stores and online in fall 2016.
David has been invited to write guest columns on spiritual matters
for The Charlotte Observer, and hosts The David Chadwick Show,
a local weekly radio program on WBT 1110AM in Charlotte —
intersecting contemporary issues from a faith and values perspective.

David and his wife, Marilynn, have three children,
Bethany, David Banner, Michael, son-in-law Ryan, daughter-in-law Jessi
and three grandchildren.

David is also an inspiring regular contributor (LifeWriter) here at LifeLetter Café
and is today’s featured contributor to “Find It Only Here On Friday”.
His newest Café exclusive “Important Life Lessons” can be found below . .
BUT FIRST . . the Café thought you just might want to know
how an Encouragement Leader like David CHadwick has been encouraged
in his own faith recently.

In his own words…

My wife celebrated a birthday this week.
I wanted it to be a special party because she is special to me.
I asked my daughter if she’d host the party.  She enthusiastically agreed.
I always encourage people to take mental snapshots at special moments in life.I did so that evening.

There was my wife, daughter and her husband, and one son and his wife
(my other son is in college in the Midwest).
And then there were the show-stopping grandkids:
all three of them, with another in my daughter’s belly, ready to join us in October.

The snapshot in my mind is the entire family gathered around my wife
with the grandkids crawling all over her.
She is smiling, laughing, and loving each moment.
It’s a picture of a life well-lived as a mom, wife, and friend.
This picture is indelibly etched in my brain, ready to be recalled any moment.

What warm feelings immerse my soul.
I still stand in awe that she chose to be my wife and the mother of my kids.
I am a man richly blessed.

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Today’s Find It Only Here On Friday
“Important Life Lessons”
by David Chadwick

Ryan Lochte recently
fabricated and exaggerated …

a story about a robbery in Rio, Brazil.  The story has gone viral.  Headlines everywhere share his lie.  It’s an embarrassment to him and the country he represents, the United States of America.

Personally, I hurt for Lochte.  Some of you may know that my son is a competitive swimmer and knows Lochte personally.  They’ve roomed together at meets.  My son really likes him and says he’s a great and caring guy who goes out of his way to sign autographs.

Who knows why Lochte lied and ostensibly left his teammates behind to face the music?  Was it a need for self-aggrandizement and notoriety?  Did he feel trapped and tried to find an escape route that made him look good?  I’ll have to leave the analysis to the professionals.

There is an opportunity
to learn from Lochte, especially us parents …

As I’ve contemplated this situation, I think we parents should seize this moment to teach and remind our kids these important life lessons:
  • Always tell the truth and nothing but the truth so help you God.
    Never bear false witness.  It’s one of the big ten commandments.  Always let your yes be yes and your no be no.  Though telling the truth may be momentarily painful, in the long run, it will help set you free.
  • Always remember that not too much good happens after midnight.
    Therefore, be very careful if you are out during these hours.  My dad regularly gave me this counsel years ago.  I’ve passed it on to my kids-over and over again.  Frankly, it’s wise advice for people of all ages.
  • Always make sure you make wise choices.
    You are the sum total of all your life choices.  One bad decision can negatively and forever impact your life.  Ryan Lochte has won 12 Olympic medals.  If Michael Phelps didn’t exist, Lochte would be Michael Phelps.  Sadly, he’ll now be remembered for this event rather than the 12 medals.  Think before you act and choose wisely.
  • Always remember the potential dangers of alcohol and drugs.
    All four swimmers involved in this debacle had been drinking.  It badly impairs making good choices.  You are under a foreign power.  When you are drunk with wine, you cannot listen to the quiet whispers of the Holy Spirit.  And it’s quite okay to refuse to drink at all.  You may be mocked and ridiculed for a moment, but who cares?  You need to be true to yourself.  And your friends, deep inside, silently respect your strong convictions.

I’m sorry the Ryan Lochte debacle happened.  I hope he’s restored one day and mostly remembered for the outstanding swimmer he is and the good deeds he does.

I also hope that we parents can learn from Lochte and teach our children valuable life lessons from his mistakes.

Bad is then used for good.  Despair is replaced with hope.

And we are all stronger because of it-especially our kids.

 

 

 

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About the author : David Chadwick

David Chadwick

A native of North Carolina, Dr. David Chadwick graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill where he played basketball and was a member of the 1969 NCAA Final Four Basketball Team. In addition to his undergraduate degree in Communications, David has a graduate degree in Counseling from the University of Florida plus a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Columbia Theological Seminary.

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