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.