|My re-prioritized youth group.|
There was an excellent weekly e-mail sent by Todd Wilson (Family Man Ministries - www.familymanweb.com) this past week that expresses some of my feelings. He says, "Do you give the folks at the office, work, or ministry your right-off-the-grill best, leaving only the leftovers for your family? Maybe it's time that you and I both begin to serve our families some heaping helpings of Dad-first..." As if he were reading my mind! Therefore, I am saying "no" to a good thing, youth ministry, in order to say "yes" to a better thing, family commitment.
|I'll drink to that!|
- Sports - football, frisbee, bicycling, baseball, maybe even golf
- Martial arts - training for rank advancement and earning a Junior Leader role
- Books - reading together some must-read books for boys
- Handyman - some home improvement projects to teach future man skills. Changing the oil and spark plug on a riding lawn mower, for example.
- Bible - scripture memorization for Sunday School and martial arts (part of rank and Junior Leader work)
- Odds and ends - plenty of ideas can be found in The Dangerous Book for Boys
- Board games, chess, Risk, Stratego, Yahtzee
- More ideas as we think of them
|This book may be too advanced for me.|
While I am being intentional in setting aside Wednesday nights for him, everybody else will benefit. I expect to bicycle with my daughter, launch a high school homeschooling blog with my high school son, and have conversations with Darling Bride about topics other than how tired and stressed out we are. She is also taking an indefinite AWANA sabbatical.
Daughter is already lobbying for her dates with daddy. I'll gladly do that over lesson prep.
Truly one could say that I'm still in ministry, this time ministering more fully to my own family. Are you ministering to your family? I'm sure you are. Are you ministering well?