Posts Tagged ‘kids’

Things I Hope My Children Learn From Me

June 16, 2008 Leave a comment

Excellence is always the best policy
Life is a journey so enjoy the ride
There is no such thing as too much integrity
Sometimes doing the right thing is hard, but it is still right
Everything decision in life has consequenses, some good, some bad
What you do is not who you are
Be true to yourself
Be true to God
Dream big
Believe in yourself
No matter what, in every circumstance, your father will always love you


Crazy Week!

May 29, 2008 Leave a comment

I apologize for not posting very regularly this week.  My plate has been full.  It has been great, but busy.  Our church worship team had the honor of providing worship music for the Laurel High School’s Baccalaureate service.  Things went very well.  It was a bit unnerving as I actually work for the school district.  Most employees know nothing of my guitar hero alter ego.  They simply know the mild mannered computer geek.  Well, maybe it would be more accurate to say that they did not know that their cranky computer geek plays guitar.  Anyway, I cannot shake the computer geek persona, even while wielding a Gibson axe.  Oh well, I was only asked two computer questions that night…

Wednesday night, our church’s drama team, Illuminate,  performed in Westover, MD.  I was asked to play two songs for the event and participate in a drama, which involved me playing the part of the Devil and getting beat up by a teenager.  My two daughters participate in the drama team.  They performed excellent!  Would you expect a different review from a proud dad? 

One of the dangers of having great talent in your church is that you start to get used to it.  We see dramas by Illuminate on an almost weekly basis.  I have watched them grow from a handful of people with an idea to a full team of adults, teens, complete with an entourage of around thirty people.  I have seen them move from trying really hard and doing good to working really hard and invoking real emotion and deep thought by those watching.  I have started to get used to it and even expect it.  The church in Westover was not used to it.  They were moved to shouts, praises, laughter, and even a few tears.  Our drama leaders should be extremely proud.  The team performed the best they ever have.  When you come to expect excellence, it is good to be reminded that it stands out. 

Parenthood and The Long Term Goals

May 23, 2008 1 comment

Being a father is an amazing thing.  If you have read over my blog, you can tell that my children are extremely important to me.  I’ve talked about homeschooling, gymnastics, and drama teams.  While each one of those things are important, they are all part of the greater goals that my wife and I have for our children. These goals include having a healthy Christ centered world view and being prepared to meet the challenges that they will face in adult life.  One of our greatest goals is that they have the ability to

It’s easy to lose sight of the greater goal in the midst of the average everyday stuff.  You forget about the long term goals sometimes when you just want the socks put away and someone to take the dog out before she goes, oops, too late. 

I was reminded of the long term stuff on Sunday while watching my girls perform their drama ( Yes, dealing with laundry is an important adult skill, but isn’t it more important that we want to worship God and do things to demonstrate that love? 

In one of my absolute favorite books, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey writes that we need to begin with the end in mind.  This certainly rings true in parenthood.  As parents, we are the biggest influence in our children’s lives.  Obviously, our children will ultimatly decide their career, spouse, and lifestyle, but we as parents are obligated to give them the greatest number of possibilites and the skills to make well informed and wise decisions. 

So in between homework, sports practice and investigating who is responsible for the new stain on the carpet, take some time to think about what you want the end result to be.  What would you consider the measure of a successful parenting career?