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At what point did we stop running?

On Precarious Thinking!

My son, like most young children, runs everywhere. He runs to get a glass of juice, runs to his room because he forgot his socks, runs up the driveway of his grandmother's house, runs in the park and runs to fetch the ball he just hit in a toss up to himself.

Running is a child's purest expression of taking life head on. They run to whatever is front of them because they can't wait for what's next. They can't wait for life and they don't because they move towards life instead of letting life come to them.

My son's favorite sports mostly revolve around running such as soccer, tennis and flag football. Most recess and playground activities are based on running and skating and biking are basically mutations of running. Golf is tough for my kids.

Watch most kids getting off a school bus and if they're alone, they'll run to their front door. Sometimes the weight of their backpack slows them down or discourages them from running, both literally and metaphorically.

"Walk, don't run!" is an admonishment most adults deliver to their kids, often with more vigor than is needed. It comes gutturally from their heart and not in a good way because it's them saying, "Be careful about running, life can burn you." A child running in a parking lot is most parent's worst nightmare.

Engage and Win

On Family Minister Wannabe

In the 1997 NBA Finals the Bulls were playing a tough fought game 6 against the Utah Jazz. Wtih 25 seconds to go, the score was tied at 86 and the Bulls had the ball for what everyone thought would be the final shot of the game. Everyone in the world thought that final shot would come from a guy named Michael Jordan (maybe you’ve heard of him). The shot went up and fell in for a 88-86 lead that ended in a 90-86 win and the 5th NBA Championship in 7 years for the Chicago Bulls. But, Michael didn’t take the game winning shot the point guard, Steve Kerr, took it and buried it. Steve Kerr was the hero of one of the best NBA Finals games in history.

This is a great lesson for us as parents! You see, everyone, including the coach, Jordan, and Steve Kerr expected Jordan to take the final shot. Kerr, after passing the ball off to Pippen, could have and maybe should have disengaged. He could have just stood away from Jordan to give him space and time to take the shot. BUT HE DIDN’T! He was fully engaged in the play! He got to a spot where Jordan could pass him the ball if he needed to pass and when Jordan did pass, Kerr took the shot he was presented and nailed it for a win.

We have to be this way as parents in all things with our kids, but especially when it comes to their spiritual lives! We must be ENGAGED! It’s easy to look to the church or the Youth Minister (see what I did there, made myself Michael Jordan in this illustration) and watch or disengage and let others do the work, but that’s not how God designed it! God gave your children to you for you to disciple and that has always been the plan!

Deuteronomy 6:6-7, “6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”

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