"Teach by Example" is a spot where a simple statement can be profound. Our hero thought that "all he did was hold the light," but now, looking back as an adult, he saw the wisdom his father was sharing with him, and how important it was to serve.
Production of "Teach by Example" was strenuous, as it involved filming in many different locations such as basements and garages. In one short scene where the boy and his father run out of the garage, FBL employed a rain truck sending water over the boy and his father, and another small rain simulator in front of the camera's lens to give the impression that rain was falling from the viewer's standpoint right up to the action.
MUSIC: There are heroes…
ANNCR/SUPER: My dad fixed things for everyone.
MUSIC: …whose names we never hear. Reaching out to help their fellow man.
ANNCR/SUPER: …and me?
MUSIC: There are dreamers…
ANNCR/SUPER: Well, I just held the light.
MUSIC: …who are making dreams come true, taking time to teach the children that there’s nothing they can’t do. All it takes is a point of light…
ANNCR/SUPER: Over the years we fixed things for friends we knew, and some we didn’t. He was teaching me more than just how to fix things.
MUSIC: …a ray of hope in the darkest night. If you see what’s wrong and you try to make it right…
ANNCR/SUPER: Teaching by example…
MUSIC: You will be a point of light.
ANNCR/SUPER: Pass it on. A message from The Foundation for a Better Life.
I love these spots--just watching and listening made me a better person.
Patricia Cole 8 days ago from Covina, California
My son held the light and watched me for years. Now he is a Jet Engine Mechanic on Air Force One!
Rob Austin 15 days ago from Lawrenceville, GA
Pass it on! Great! We do teach by example!
Debra Brown 3 months ago from Red Oak, OK
When parent's take time with their children, the children seem to turn out better
liz 3 months ago from ok
This is a nice video, I remember sharing times with my dad when I was kid learning to do stuff he done. That is why I know how to do electrical work, and plumbing today, and he also past it a long to my child!
Angela Owens 3 months ago from Huntington
Good advice for anyone.
Jerry Colbert 3 months ago from Howe, OK
I always did that for my dad. :)
Great commercial, as always!
AVT 10 months ago from CH
RANDY TRAVIS! I've seen him twice with someone I pray for every day now. He sure sings some awesome songs that do make me cry. All the commercials are great.
Glen about 2 years ago from Milwaukee,WI
It made me remember my Father and my brother doing the same thing when we were young a few years back.
May G over 2 years ago from Philippines
I have a friend just like this. He fixes everything for everyone in the neighborhood. I get to "hold the light" for him occasionally but it is usually his son. Great man, really makes a difference.
Chad over 2 years ago from Lehi, UT
Great work. You're making a difference.
wisdom A almost 3 years ago from Charlotte NC
Just like my dad. I love you...
Elys Ch almost 3 years ago from New Jersey
I miss my father and all the times I held the light he was a light that shines everyday I live.
Vickie M almost 3 years ago from Dallas TX
It's called Point of Light sung by Randy Travis.
Amanda T about 3 years ago from Denton, MD
I can't help but smile every time I see this commercial. It reminds me of my Father, and the song stays in my head most of the day. Great spot!
Erica, m about 3 years ago from Savannah, Georgia
Paul S about 3 years ago from Kentucky
Reminds me of my Dad....very inspiring and think my students will appreciate it!
Nancy C over 3 years ago from PflugervilleTX
For Peggy W. from Belleville, Il.
It is Randy Travis singing and the words sound like his song, "A Point Of Light"
Frank S. over 3 years ago from Waterloo, Il.
Who sings this song? I love this song. : )
Peggy W over 3 years ago from Belleville, IL
This makes me say that it is always the parents who can teach their kids the best lessons in life. No doubt, I am what my father taught me.
Jessie Labiste Jr. over 3 years ago from Iloilo, Philippines
This touching and moving ad is so powerful in its own way; I personally have a friend, aged in years, who thinks of others before himself. He demonstrates to myself and others, that we don't have to take credit for our actions if given freely from the heart... The accompanying song is truly outstanding! Thank you for reaching out to others, by teaching through example!!
Deborah A. over 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada
I am so pleased with your site and I have used it for the past five years in teaching the kids in elementary school how to live life and achieve their dreams to become the best they can be.
Gary S. almost 4 years ago from Pioneer elementary
Thanks for this wonderful bits of hope. I needed them today. I held the light for my dad too. I never realized all the good things I was learning. Kids don't get much of that these days. I work in a K-8 school and I want my kids to appreciate the messages here. Thanks for all you do!! Please make more!
Claudia E almost 4 years ago from High Point, NC
I believe the song is "Point of Light" by Randy Travis.
Rachel A. almost 4 years ago from Denver, CO
What is the name of this song? I love it!!!
Toni almost 4 years ago from Ucelo
Thank You. You are spreading hope and the belief that evil does still have a true opponent in man.
Paula F. almost 4 years ago from Knoxville, TN
That was me forty five years ago. I held the light for my dad. I handed him the tools and the parts. We didn't realize then. It wasn't about completing the project as much as it was building our relationship. My dad was and always will be my hero and my best friend no matter how long he is gone, no matter how long I live.
Scott Wexler almost 4 years ago from Brighton, MI
I Love that TV Spot
Marcel Myrick about 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York
I love, love this site! Everyday I watch it for guidance! Helps a lot really! Thank you very much!!
Laarni A. about 4 years ago from Philippines
These messages remind me years ago of Hallmark messages. Very good production and very good messages. Thanks for your work.
Robert J., US Army Constractor over 4 years ago from Umm Qsar, Camp Bucca, Iraq
While I was watching this spot I heard my 6 year old son talking with my husband (who is not the boy's father). And as soon as the spot ends I could understand that maybe he is not my son's father but he is his DADDY.
Graciel S. over 4 years ago from San Diego, California
You all did great work with this spot and I love the message - its so true.
Bev M. almost 5 years ago from Canada
The best teaching method EVER!!!
Bruce T. about 5 years ago from Waterloo, Canada
What is the name of the song? ["Point of Light" by Randy Travis]
Destin S. about 5 years ago from Texas
May you be Blessed for this work...Love you all!
Jack C. over 5 years ago from Brazil
This commercial reminds me of the saying, "give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish and he will eat forever." I love these commercials. Keep up the good work.
Alex L. almost 6 years ago from Matthews, North Carolina
Every time I start something and my 3 1/2 year old son wants to help I think of this ad and I find patience within to let him help.
Steve O. about 6 years ago from York, Pennsylvania USA
What a flood of memories of times gone by. I hope we can bring back the values of those days!
Curtis F. about 6 years ago from Douglas, Arizona
This is so great!! I wish everyone in this country could watch this ad!
Brad M. about 6 years ago from New York, New York USA
This reminds me of my parents.
I also think that parenting is a VERY hard job.
Maliya H. about 6 years ago from Salt Lake City,UT, USA
Brought tears to my eyes, lost my 14 yr old stepson last year. Truly inspiring.
Jim F. about 6 years ago from Commerce, GA, USA
Parenting is one of the most important and hardest things in this world. Glad I found this website and TV spot.
Jung-in Kim almost 7 years ago from Seoul, Korea