The news has always been riffled with negative headlines. Because it sells. Too bad.

It’s quite depressing when you scroll through a seemingly unending list of humanity’s worst efforts — political, tyrannical, and otherwise. I check the news in some for at least twice a day, and have grown accustomed to “insulating” my heart from certain aspects of what I read.

But every now and then the news lets a piece slip through that you hope reflects the rest of humankind. You know the stories. The ones that tug on your heart and reaffirm your secret suspicions that not all humanity is attempting to dismember their neighbors.

Thank God the news got this one right (or mostly right, as Adam Owens said today on his Instagram feed).

Meet Adam and Karen Owens, a daddy and mommy that I’ve been “friends” with for over a year on Twitter and Instagram — and their amazing children. ABC has a piece up on their front page, and I’m hoping it gets a lot of traffic. Why?

I believe in promoting things that reflect Kingdom values.

I believe in admiring and elevating Godly parents.

I believe the world needs everyday heroes to shake us out of our lethargy.

I believe we need real heroes.

To Adam and Karen, they would dismiss my assertion that they’re heroes, probably because they would claim that this is how Christians should act every day. And they’re right. But that doesn’t change the fact that they are heroes — by definition, admirable examples.

I love following Adam on Instagram for one simple fact: he’s the epitome of what it means to be Christ-like. He’s a regular guy, working a regular job, dealing with his “everyday stuff” like me and anyone else, and yet choosing to faithfully support his family and glorify Jesus. That’s the Kingdom in action, and that’s the kind of example we need — faults and all — to be promoting to our teens. Heck, that’s the kind of example I need. People like this keep me going and keep me inspired. That’s the beauty of the Body of Christ, and technology allowing us to connect as the global Church.

Adam and Karen, well done. Keep going. You’re an inspiration to so many, but most importantly to your beautiful children, and to heaven itself.

Merry Christmas,


Adam’s Website: adamowens.com
Karen’s Website: gavinowens.com
Karen’s Instagram


Nathan R. · 24 Dec ’12 at 10:30 am

This is so great!

    Christopher Hopper · 24 Dec ’12 at 11:30 am

    Thanks, Nate. Yeah, I agree: more power to this amazing family.

Rachel · 24 Dec ’12 at 10:31 am

I can almost guarantee you wouldn’t want to live in a world where the media was feeding you positive news all the time. Does the media sometimes dwell on negative news? Yes. But, good journalists learn early on to report in a fair and balanced manner, giving you the information you need to know in order to make an informed decision. (Everything can’t be a human interest story.) If a topic “insults” my heart, I usually lift up the burden to God in prayer. In my opinion, He is calling His children to pray for our broken world — and we can’t do that if we put blinders on to what’s happening in the outside world. 🙂

Anytime you want to talk about the news industry, just drop me a line … this recent journalism grad (from one of the most awesome Christian universities on the planet) loves to talk. 😉

    Christopher Hopper · 24 Dec ’12 at 11:32 am

    Thanks for the comment, Rachel. Though I think you would agree that there is a vast amount of room for the media to highlight the best parts of humanity along with the commonly howl. I think it was Morgan Freeman that recently asked why we even know the names of killers, but forget the names of victims; he proposed that our media switch the reporting emphasis. I would tend to agree.

    Back to the original point of today’s post, what’d you think of the story above?

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