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About This TV Commercial

"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.

Video Transcript

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.

Teaching By Example. Pass It On!

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like my dad
gabriela waldowska, polska

love :P
gabriela waldowska, polska

Great. Super good. I love this video

This video is really great, and it is also the epitome of Teaching By Example, too. I like it. :)

like foreal some of these videos made me beak down and cry
aajani brown, killeen tx

I love these spots--just watching and listening made me a better person.
Patricia Cole, 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, Lawrenceville, GA

Pass it on! Great! We do teach by example!
Debra Brown, Red Oak, OK

When parent's take time with their children, the children seem to turn out better
liz, 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, Huntington

Good advice for anyone.
Jerry Colbert, Howe, OK

I always did that for my dad. :) Great commercial, as always!

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, 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, 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, Lehi, UT

Great work. You're making a difference.
wisdom A, Charlotte NC

Just like my dad. I love you...
Elys Ch, 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, Dallas TX

It's called Point of Light sung by Randy Travis.
Amanda T, 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, Savannah, Georgia