Category: What a Broken World Teaches Children

  • The Final Rebellion of a Strong-Willed Child Is Shame

    As a young-adult most of my stubbornness had been defeated [1] but there was still one rebellion I refused to give up. Whenever I made a mistake my first response was to lie about it. This meant I ended up lying a lot, and unfortunately got really good at it. My parents as you can imagine became very […]

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  • The Motivation of a Strong Willed Child is Attention

    A few weeks ago I was running with the A team (fastest) on a Saturday morning instead of the C+ team I usually train with. About a mile in one of the men turned and asked if my name was John Wilburn. When I told him it was he said excitedly “hey we went to school […]

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  • The Rebellion of a Strong-Willed Child Is Subtle

    Last week I helped some friends build the scenery for a Christmas outreach over the weekend. My role was clearly stated as that of a “hey boy” [1] because the other men had lots more experience building. On Thursday I instinctively handed one of them a sledgehammer so he could drive a stake into the […]

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  • The Confession of a Strong-Willed Child is Done On Their Terms

    My brother Michael loves to tell embarrassing stories about me when the family gets together (it’s a form of male bonding). We have spent many hours laughing hysterically about stories that always start with the words “hey remember the time John.” One of his favorite stories to tell (and is referred to almost every time we […]

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  • The Moment I Discovered I Was A Strong-Willed Child

    My father used to tell people sometimes in his sermons that he had two sons. One that in earlier years could be disciplined with a look…another that required a more “direct” form of punishment. Almost every time he used that illustration I would ask him, “dad which one of the sons am I?” This question […]

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