It’s been almost 20 years ago now. I still remember the name of the class: Psychology 2017 – Advanced Experimental Statistical Psychology. It was the final exam of the lab part of the lecture/lab class. Although I had pulled an all-nighter to prepare for the final, my mind went blank when I needed it the most. Little did I realize, the decisions I made next would impact my family forever.
Every once in a while, I like to post some interesting things I’ve stumbled upon. I typically lump these various books, articles, or video clips into these posts I call, “Friday Finds.” Enjoy.
Learning is a big deal to me. This is probably because I realize how much I lack. If I am going to be faithful with what God has entrusted to me, then each day is an opportunity to hone and sharpen the gifts I have. The same holds true for you. However, this is not something that can be accomplished alone.
What if our goal, as parents, wasn’t to control our kids, but to set them free? What if an eventual goal for our parenting was to launch our kids into the world, not just let them go? What if we spent less time trying to mold our kids so that they impress our friends, and more time helping them unfold into the godly man or woman that God desires for them to be? Yeah, now that would be something.
There are some authors that when they write, I listen. Henri Nouwen is one of those for me. As a follower of Christ, I am always looking to become more effective as a christian leader. When I come across something really good, I want to pass it on. This is one of those times.
Life is not full of easy-bake answers. In fact, it seems like the answers to the most important questions are the most difficult to come by. So what do you do while you wait? The answer might be difficult to hear.
Most boys are scared. It must be something they are born with. Some are afraid of the dark, afraid of the first day of school, afraid to fight, afraid to dance, afraid to ask a girl out, afraid to make a tough decision, or afraid to fail. They end up spending a lot of energy “hiding,” hoping nobody will catch on. Sadly for men, some things never change.
I must admit – I, too, am afraid of the dark.
I don’t know about you, but my wife and I end up teaching our kids at the most inopportune times. We wait for the kids to fight to teach them about loving their siblings. We wait for tears between them to teach them about selflessness. There is a better way to do this, but it takes having a plan to make it happen.
Have you considered being a foster parent? I’ve heard many questions over this past year about what it’s like to be a foster family. Words don’t do it justice, so I’m posting pictures every couple of weeks to help give it a “face.”