Cat’s in the Cradle

Tomorrow my oldest son turns 12.
It’s not really considered a milestone Birthday, but it is special to him because it is the only one he will have. It’s special to me because it marks the last year before he is officially a teenager.

I’m freaking out a little bit about that. Not as much as my wife, but a little. It’s not like it will be a big deal when we have a teenager, daily life will slowly morph and the new normal will be upon us, most likely with little fanfare. The part that freaks me out is that it means my time with him in our home is growing short.

We’ve done well as parents, but it is never easy to let go of control. Even now I wonder what is being talked about with friends at youth group and in other area of life. If I asked, I’m sure he would tell me, but I need to learn to let go and doing it a little at a time is the best course.

And, while I am a little freaked out, I am also eager to see what t he new year holds. He’s grown so much this year – physically, in his relationship with Christ, and how he relates to us and to his brother.

I’m sure that challenges lie ahead, but it has been such a blessing to be his dad that I’m looking forward to tackling those challenges with him.

Get to Know You

At two points during my journey through Bethel seminary we were given a couple of personality assessments and then had the opportunity to sit with a coach or counselor (depending on the assessment) and talk about the outcomes. Each time, I either learned something new about myself or how together understand why I do things a certain way.

About half way through we also had some classes on pastoral care, in which we applied different learning a on ourselves first…after all, we all have baggage, no sense in bring our baggage when we are trying to help someone else with theirs.

Currently I am in another time of life when I have the opportunity to learn about myself. Knowing that all the other opportunities have been helpful, I’m enjoying this time as wel…even though some learning can be difficult.

So, what are you doing to better understand who God made you to be?

Christmas is coming…

You may think it’s a bit early to be thinking about Christmas, but Target already has their displays up and I’m sure others have followed suit. It doesn’t mean you need to start the dash into the season, but it is a good time to think about how you are going to approach the season this year.
It’s pretty easy to get so involved in the Christmas season that you don’t have time to find good devotional material that fit’s your family….

That’s what this post is all about…

There are two great resources available…well, almost available…for your family.
Advent Devotions, coming soon »

What’s in the Bible – For Your Church

If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time it should be apparent that I am a fan of What’s in the Bible by Phil Vischer and friends. If you haven’t seen anything I’ve said, you can see it here, here or here.

What’s in the Bible has been a great resource for my teaching on Sunday mornings, so much so that I’m hoping Phil will eventually become “You know, Phil Vischer, the guy that created What’s in the Bible” rather than “Phil Vischer, you know, the Veggie Tales guy.”

Perhaps the biggest plug that I can share with you is that, because of WITB,  children in my ministry understand words like apostasy. It isn’t about learning big or fancy words – but it is about learning biblical literacy. Helping kids understand a concept like apostasy is a big help when it comes to understanding our constant need for a redeemer. Add to that songs like Genesis and Judges and it’s an all around win.
More about WITB »

Leadership Checkup

This week, while working through some Infuse (a coaching program by Jim Wideman) assignments I was reading through a chapter on the role of the leader in Wideman’s book, Children’s Ministry Leadership. The chapter spoke of how we’re called to be overseers of our ministry and shepherds of the flock.

When we finished, Jim asked us a simple but deep set of questions:

Of overseer, caregiver, and feeder

Where do you have the most trouble?
Which do you delegate the best?
And what do you not want to give away?

I encourage you to take some time to think about these things and your answer…and if you enjoy being challenged and are looking to grow, check out the Infuse link above and consider opening yourself to some coaching.

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