|Not many birthdays left before college!|
- Number 1 Son starts high school next fall. I have a vision of stepping up and leading the effort. He and I would go on a journey together, on in which very few youths get to go - educated at home through high school. Even rarer is this being a father and son project.
- On the other hand, I believe I have a gifting in teaching and leadership in youth ministry. The AWANA young men and women are responding. I'm growing in my leadership and presentation skills.
- Then again, if I have an aptitude in teaching and leadership, where best to exercise it than at home? Who am I if I neglect my opportunities at home to pursue them at church?
- There's also the examples of my friends and peers that seem to do it all. They excel in their careers, achieve eldership in church, and have their families. Why can't I?
- But, I am not them and they are not me. For example, in AWANA, I have a lesson to prepare for Wednesday nights. Meanwhile, as I go through my week, I am thinking about the outline, worrying about being prepared, always aware that I have a hard deadline.
- So, I prioritize my deadline, something urgent over something important, specifically, as much engagement in my family as I want.
- Fortunately, today it was a warm almost-spring day. I did manage to put my responsibilities aside for a while to play soccer, frisbee, tag, and shoot BB guns with the kids.
- And, it is not as if I am not involved in my local church. Our family is also a small group leader. We meet every other Friday with other families.
- Although, when kids participate in Children's Ministries, parents are expected to help in some manner - co-op style.
- Or, call it sweat equity. That's OK, somebody has to. Sweat equity doesn't scare me.
- On the other hand, a lot of sweat equity will be required because Number 1 Son starts high school next fall. After he is two years in, Amazing Daughter starts high school. After she is two years in, Number 2 Son starts.
A reliable friend says that decisions should not be made during tax season. So, decisions, decisions to be made...
On Monday mornings, I consider my walk with God via His Son Jesus Christ, having finished Sunday morning worship and a weekend of family time.