Category Archives: Family

Identify The Hats Only You Can Wear

There are too many distractions in life. It is so easy to shift our time and energy to things that we don’t need to be engaged in. Often the things that get neglected are the things that only we can do. One of the things I ask myself from time to time when considering tackling something new is this – Am I the only one who can wear this hat? If the answer is yes, then I need to tackle it. If the answer is no then I need to consider whether or not other people need to be involved.

There are some roles only you can fill. Only I can be the husband to my wife. Only I can be the father to my children. There will come a day when the job I do as a preacher will be filled by someone else but for now, that is my hat to wear and I will do it the best I can.

If you feel overwhelmed by the distractions or even more difficult…by the great things you could potentially do with your time…keep in mind there may be other people out there who actually need to do that other than you. Also keep in mind that this line of thinking is never to be a distraction to keep us from doing good things…or a way out to make an excuse to do what we really want to do or don’t want to do.

Jesus, My Father, the CIA and Me By Ian Morgan Cron

Reading is one of my passions in life. I usually have half a dozen books going at the same time, each one getting a little space in various corners of my mind at the same time. Jesus, My Father, the CIA and Me was an exception. For one book to knock the rest to theContinue Reading

Imitating Christ Doesn’t Mean We Do it Perfectly

One of the joys and horrors of having kids is to see them imitate you. There are times when kid’s imitation is the cutest thing ever and there are times their imitation teaches you a lot about yourself and things you need to change. I love seeing my boys play with their tools. They getContinue Reading

God, Superheros and Kids

Last week, Missy was in Walgreens with the boys. Jonah had on a superman cape and caught the attention of several of the shoppers. One guy walked up and said, “He has a superman cape on” as if Missy would have been unaware of this until pointed out by a total stranger. When you haveContinue Reading

Disney World and Longing for Heaven

As a parent of a two year old and a four year old, I can’t exactly say that everything about the last few days we spent at Disney reminded me of heaven. The heat, aggravated people, and cost of it all might just call to mind another place quite opposite of heaven. But in allContinue Reading

The Joy of Kids

Yesterday Jonah told me he wanted to be a pirate. He brought his red cape to me and asked if I would tie it around his head. He then made a makeshift sword and started saying “Arrrrr…” Then Elijah got in on the act. He put on a Santa Claus hat and told me heContinue Reading

Elijah and His Accessories

Our two year old son Elijah is all about standing out in the crowd. He knows how to get a smile and he will do whatever it takes to get one. Going out in public with him is always an experience. A few months ago Jonah, Elijah and I were going to Best Buy. AsContinue Reading

Two Posts You Should Read by Dan Bouchelle & Ben Witherington

The first is by Dan Bouchelle about ministers and how they “Willingly Walk into a World of Pain“. The stories he tells are honest, touching and will give you a whole new appreciation for your minister. The second is by Ben Witheringon, “Family First – Not a Biblical Viewpoint“. I wrestled with this post. IContinue Reading

Do You Tell Your Kids The Gifts Come From Santa Claus?

Missy and I have been talking about what to tell our boys about Santa Claus. So far the consensus has been that we would rather them know that their parents are the ones giving them the gifts rather than a mysterious stranger named Santa. What is more, we would like more of a focus onContinue Reading

Stuff I Love

I love my wife and kids. I love coming home to them and yell out Extreme Makeover Home Edition Style, “Hello friends and family” and then get all kinds of hugs and kisses. I love when our Sunday worship goes up a few levels of volume and there is no doubt God is being praisedContinue Reading

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