Friday, April 29, 2011

A Father's Influence

An old story tells us about a man who asked three stone masons What they were doing. The first man said he was laying bricks. The second man described his work as building a wall. But it was the third man who explained with genuine concern for his work, He said, "I'm raising a great cathedral." When I read that it reminded me of our children and the power of a fathers influence.

Our youngest son has been playing basketball and since the games are in the afternoon Dad has been unable to attend. Last week Mark was able to get off early and make it to the game. I did not see him come in, but I noticed an extra pep in our son as he was playing. He was making shot after shot. I noticed a huge smile on his face as he would look over my shoulder. When I turned around I noticed Dad made it to the game!!! After another good play followed by a little gig on the court, someone around me smiled and said, "Its so much better when Dad is in the building, isn't it?"

A father has such a powerful influence, God's Word told us of a father's powerful influence long before our modern psychological studies. Psalm 127: 4-5 As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.

Fathers can use their impact to build or destroy their child's life. Today I'm thankful for tremendous impact Mark has on our boys. He is not merely laying bricks, he is not building a wall, he is building a great cathedral.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Summer Is Coming! Are You Ready?

I love spending the summer with the boys. Its a time in our lives that I have come to cherish. Its a time when we get to sit together and plan our "Fun Thursdays" for the summer months. I want my kids to look back and remember the days at home as days filled with joy, fun, laughter and memories. I'm not sure if my kids will ever say they remember the smell of PineSol, but I do know they will remember us having picnics in the back yard, camping for months on end, endless bowling, fun Friday nights and so much more. Whether my house was perfect or how it compared to others’ is not even on their radar.

Is it good to have order and structure? Sure. But I don’t allow the pressure to be the "perfect mom" keep me from having a happy home. The unmade bed will still be there when we are through, but I promise that the time with our children will go quickly, then I'll have time to have the perfect abode.

We look at our kids and we wonder why they laugh and smile with others, but I wonder how often our kids look at us and wonder the same thing. Why does my mom have such a great personality with that person or in that place, but not with me? Take a moment today and look past the clutter and the to-do list and enjoy your family. It will be a memory that they will one day say...remember when...

Summer is coming!! Are you Ready?