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Brodie Croyle knows the value of a Christian upbringing and growing up in a Christian home.

He addressed a packed house at Marshall Christian Academy on Thursday night, espousing the benefits of a Christian upbringing.

“I have seen these values ​​unfold in my life,” he said. Croyle was a standout football player for the University of Alabama from 2002-2005 and was drafted to play for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2006.

As CEO and President of Big Oak Boys and Girls Ranches, Croyle and his staff work with 182 children ages 5-18 living on the ranches. The family also oversee Westbrook Christian School and a college outreach ministry in Birmingham.

He believes in unshakable Christian standards and values, including raising children in a traditional home as God prescribes.

“We show them what God wants a family to be like,” he said.

“Our children come from pretty bad situations. We stay with them until they are adults. We are a springboard for them. »

Welcome plate

Croyle explained that a Christian life is a lot like a baseball plate. Whatever your level of play – from little league to high school to pro – home plate is 17 inches wide. Neither more nor less ever, he said.

“We’re not widening the plate,” he said. “Our country no longer has standards and has widened the plate to accommodate a lot of things to make us feel more comfortable.

“When it comes to school, think about who spends the most time with your kids. It’s teachers and coaches, and those interactions happen at school.

“What creates the standard for marble?

“First is what I call the outer wall, what you do to get to the plate. My grandfather always said to check the fences and the ditches and you’ll see what kind of farmer and d he worker is a person If the ditches and fences are clean and they are faithful in doing the little things, they will devote themselves to doing the big things that really matter.

“Second, it is the place of commerce or people. I always tell my students to show me your friends and I will show you your future. You are a total of who you surround yourself with.

“Third, there is the inner wall. The inner wall is your set of values ​​and beliefs…and those are things that are non-negotiable for you.

“Your relationships with people stem from your relationship with values. Values ​​are counterculture right now in our country.

“If you don’t have a relationship with God, you won’t believe why there’s a God-sized hole in you.”

Manners and Respect

Croyle said that in home and school life, children should have manners and responsibilities.

“Back home, we have to do with manners,” he said. “It’s not that we are dictators forcing children to do something.

“Good manners create respect. In time, you will respect your teammates, your coach, your spouse and your boss.

“We believe in responsibility and work ethic. If you work hard enough, you can get what you want.

“We also believe in resolution… you have to show up and finish what you started working for. We live in a society where we no longer follow.

“When I think about this school and the environment we work in, we know we will get to the Homeplate.

“We will not compromise on this. We will create a generation of winners, not whiners.

“We have to change the norm if we want to see the world as God intended.”

Marshal Christian

The academy, located on Brashers Chapel Road in Albertville, is a ministry of Brashers Chapel Church.

Founded 16 years ago, the school started with 17 children from kindergarten to fourth grade.

Each year, a school level was added until the first promotion in 2014. Today, the school welcomes around 200 students.

“This year, we’re going to focus on excellence,” said school board member Josh West.

“We will strive for excellence in class and athletics. We will see lives changed as we grow and strengthen our relationship with God.

For more information about the academy, log onto their Facebook page or their website at Call the academy at 256-279-0192 for more information.


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