Bill Havens never did win an Olympic gold. He was favored to win a canoe race in the 1924 Aris Games but he never went. After spending sleepless nights agonizing what to do, Bill decided to stay home and be with his wife for the birth of their first child. It was a tough decision that he thought about for the next 28 years. He often dreamed of competing and winning but every time he reached out to receive his medal he would wake up.
Frank Havens was born August 1, 1924. At age 28 he won a gold medal in canoeing at the 1952 Helsinki Games. Frank immediately sent his dad a telegram that said, "Dear dad, thanks for waiting around for me to be born in 1924. I'm coming home with the gold medal you should have won. Your loving son, Frank." Bill Havens had put family first and passed his dream on to his son. In his own way Bill Havens is an example of what Christian parenting is all about. We are living out the words of
Psalm 78. We are doing everything we can to prepare our children to walk in the purpose of God. We even send them to a Christian school. We are committed to more than financially successful kids and happy homes. We are producing a generation of world changers who will live to honor God and advance his kingdom. I am looking forward to seeing what God does with our children.
"...He commanded our forefathers to teach their children, so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children."
Psalm 78: 5-6