During a recent week-long visit with my granddaughters (and their parents), I was able to observe or participate in a very wide range of Godly parenting. It was a wonderful experience to see not only a family, but a community (congregation) both focus and sacrifice for their kids.
My first “exposure” came when we picked up Rachel (7) from school on the way in from the airport. She and her sister attend a Christian school. When we arrived, what appeared to be chaos was actually an extended family of kids and adults just lovin’ on each other. This was the end of the school day and there was still a great deal of excitement about just being there. I was enthralled. I found the same excitement the next morning when we took both girls to school.
That night the school/church sponsored a family dinner and showing of the film “Courageous.” This film focuses on fathers devoting themselves to their kids. If you haven’t seen it, I strongly recommend it for all fathers. I saw myself in some of the characters and wished I could turn the clock back. I also saw my son… and was very proud of him!
Sunday morning was an eye-opener. The girls, normally in no rush for things, were all spiffed up and eager to go to Sunday school/worship early. again, we arrived to what appeared to be a beehive of chaos. Suddenly, the girls didn’t just have two parents, but at least a dozen… watching over, guiding… and obviously lovin’. Pretty neat.
It took us nearly an hour to weave our way out of the church following services. Kids EVERYWHERE! Excited to be there. Parents patient and loving.
As we drove to lunch with the girls’ cousins, they began talking about what they’d discussed in Sunday school. They were full of observations and questions.
I saw this pervasive focus on the kids during my entire week there. And it all centered on God (the Trinity). I compared all of this with what I normally see…kids being secondary or pushed into things their parents expect them to do. WOW…. what a difference.
So, what does this have to do with hockey?
Someplace during the week, I either read or heard about a dad who purchased season tickets to the local hockey team for his son and himself. They attended nearly every game together. Someone asked the dad “Do you really love hockey that much?” The dad replied “No. I really don’t enjoy hockey much at all. But I love my son that much.” That’s sacrificial love!
Reminds me of another Father:
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”(John 3:16)
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