Five Questions


5 "You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions." ~ Naguib Mahfouz

Just a simple five questions…nothing too tough. Would you do me the honor and answer these? I’m just a bit curious how some of you will tackle them.

Also, can I ask you to pray for me tomorrow? I’m recording another podcast Friday afternoon and the theme will be on the best gift we can give our children (besides a Godly example)…the gift? Loving their Mom the way she deserves/needs to be loved. The framework for that discussion is a piece I wrote called Seven Promises from You Husband (see here). I believe that God wants to speak to men’s heart on this one, so I covet your prayers…thank you!

Now on to the questions…

  1. If you had a motto, what would it be?
  1. What was the best compliment ever given you?
  1. How did your relationship with your dad influence the kind of parent you have been?
  1. What is the craziest thing you ever done?
  1. Who is the person you admire the most? (Not counting Jesus)

Here are my answers...

1. No matter where you go...there you are!
(Can you guess what movie this came from?)

2. You remind me of Jesus...(seriously)

3. I grew up in an abusive drove me to be a better man and father.

4. Drove through a carwash...with the window down.

5. My wife...she's the greatest!

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EdBlonski said…
If you had a motto, what would it be?

"Why worry?"

What was the best compliment ever given you?

"You have great children."

How did your relationship with your dad influence the kind of parent you have been?

I tell my sons I love them at least once a day.

What is the craziest thing you ever done?

Moved my family from California to Illinois without the promise of a full-time job waitin for me.

Who is the person you admire the most? (Not counting Jesus)

My mother. I can't think of one person that doesn't like her or admire her.
bill (cycleguy) said…
1. "All men die; few men ever really live." William Wallace
2. I can tell you love your family.
3. My father was AWOL most of the time. I determined I was not going to be that way. I was also going to be demonstrative in my affection.
4. Took a 2 week vacation out west with less than 2 months preparation. Nuts! Also debt-ridden.
5. My mother and my grandfather (her dad). She raised 4 boys to love Jesus almost on her own. He spent time with me talking about life and showing me Jesus.
Jay Cookingham said…
Ed, sounds like you have some crazy faith...thanks for answering!
Dusty Rayburn said…
Motto: 1 Peter 1:6-9 ~ 6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

Kind of long...I know.

Best compliment: He is a prayer warrior.

Father relationship: too complicated to explain in brief.

Craziest thing: Jumped out of a perfectly good airplane on purpose and of my own free will.

Most admire: not sure.
Jay Cookingham said…
Bill...we have a lot in common as far as growing up basically "dadless"...thanks for taking the time to answer!
Jay Cookingham said…
Dusty...when you jumped...I'm assuming you had a parachute! ;-0
Glynn Young said…
1. Encourage.
2. I love you (Jesus to Glynn: Jan. 26, 1973)
3. He worked all the time; didn't see much of him growing up. I was all over my boys' lives.
4. Proposed after only knowing the girl 3 weeks. This year will be our 38th wedding anniversary.
5. No question: my wife.
Hmm. My motto probably something like "You have to play with the cards you're dealt, or find a way to modify the deck."

Greatest compliment. He has such a great heart for God and the ministry. (One I wish I could always live up to)

My dad grew up dadless and I can see the effect it has had in his parenting. I hope to someday teach my children to work hard, be reliable, and be honest as my dad taught me as well as be more of a spiritual mentor and more in touch with their lives than my dad was as I grew up.

The person I admire most. Hmm...I'm not really sure.
Oops I forgot craziest thing I have ever done. Probably quit my job to renovate and sell a house with no income now coming in. A daring gamble but I am now approximately a week away from completion and I am completely at peace about quitting my job.
seekingpastor said…
1. Keep on keepin' on--Joe Dirt
2. You sound like Jesus to me.
3. I am not the man that he is, but I have a good goal to attain to.
4. Being a father of 5.
5. My dad.
Dustin said…
1. Laugh a little, you might like it.
2. I'm thankful I can depend on you.
3. My dad taught me a lot about servant leadership.
4. Running of the bulls, in Pamplona, Spain.
5. My wife for sure... selfless, passionate, and humble.
windmillduke said…
If you had a motto, what would it be? Only one life, will soon be passed, only what's done for Christ will last.

What was the best compliment ever given you? Dad, you are the best.

How did your relationship with your dad influence the kind of parent you have been?
Living in integrity, though as a womanizer, sequential bigamist, and child support deadbeat, he didn't practice it. I determined NOT to be like him.

What is the craziest thing you ever done? You don't have room for my top ten for a guy with a life full of "craziest" stunts and serious endeavors. How about treeing a bear while a logger in Alaska. It was him or me. I don't climb so well.

Who is the person you admire the most? (Not counting Jesus) Greg Livingstone...he founded Frontiers, graciously dubbed me a co-founder, and still at 70 is a dramatically effective advisor to church planting in the Muslim world. Calls himself a Sheep Dog, herding the flock of well-intentioned but often ineffective missionary sheep (and, thus, writing an autobio of the same name).
Moe said…
1. Live, love, laugh
2. You are a man of God
3. My father was absent, so I take that as an example of what not to do. I'm always there for my kids
4. Jump into a pool with no water
5. Mom. Single teenage mom with two kids and she persevered.
Jay Cookingham said…
Moe, I've seen that jump into a pool without water thing on so of your post before but never the whole story. Gotta hear that some day! Thanks for participating bro'
Jay Cookingham said…
Gary, I'm sure that you have some great stories besides the bear one! Thanks Buddy!
Jay Cookingham said…
You ran with the bulls? WOW, were you in that Billy Crystal movie? ;-0 Thanks Bro'
Jay Cookingham said…
Hmmm, I;m a father of seven...maybe I should adjust my answers! Thanks Matt!
Jay Cookingham said…
Steve, that's crazy but congratulations dude!
Jay Cookingham said…
Appreciate you sharing bro'
Jay Cookingham said…
Glynn, you wild man you...3 weeks? Sounds like you knew what you were doing though bro'!
jasonS said…
Man, I'm sorry I missed this, but I can't wait to hear the new podcast! Blessings on your day, Jay!
Jay Cookingham said…
Thanks Dude. sure would appreciate your feedback! Bless ya!

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