Living the 6
So I am a dad. I haven’t written a blog about little Arlis yet. Just didn’t have the right words to say that would represent what it feels like. He was born on December 6th, 2011 and my life has not looked the same since. There are tons of phrases that come to mind like: I never thought I could love someone so much, he is so perfect, and what did we do before we had him. But those are all statements that everyone, if they have a child have said, and if you don’t you will once you do have a kid. The delivery was an incredibly long and hard journey. We went in for Sarah to be induced on a Sunday, and by Tuesday night, after no food for nearly 48 hours and contractions for over 40, they finally decided to do a c-section. He was perfect. And I have never loved or respected anyone as much as I do my wife Sarah. She was completely indomitable, and since having Arlis has simply been complete. The best mom ever. Arlis is now starting to show his personality more and more each day. Laughing and giggling at the dumb dad noises I make. He has a total temper when hungry….much like me. He is so loving and cuddly like his mommy.
My father is a kids pastor, and has had a transformation in the way he looks at ministry to children. He has started running his ministry based completely on Deuteronomy 6.
Write these commandments that I’ve given you today on your hearts. Get them inside of you and then get them inside your children. Talk about them wherever you are, sitting at home or walking in the street; talk about them from the time you get up in the morning to when you fall into bed at night. Deuteronomy 6:6-8 The Message
And while I had a grasp of what he was trying to teach….I didn’t really understand how important it was till I had Arlis in my arms. There are 8,760 hours in a year, and in any given year the average church attending child gets only 40 hours from their pastor. So why do we make the job of raising up our children to follow Christ the job of pastors? I have started to read the bible to Arlis every day. Not for hours, but at least a few minutes. I know he is only 11 weeks old and doesn’t understand it, but that isn’t the point. I am the person that is responsible for raising him up with the right morals and understanding of Christ. I WILL be the leader for my son. I WILL be someone that he can look up to as an example, the same way my father is for me.
So how do you apply this blog to your life?
The message of Deuteronomy 6 is a simple one. Tell your family about God. But I don’t think that just applies to our flesh and blood. It applies to the family you have at work, and school. We spend countless hours figuring out how to get our friends and coworkers to go to church with us, and never spend that time actually just telling them the message that we want them to hear. You see, ministry is everywhere. Not just at the church. I have spent the last few years talking about how missions is not just overseas, but in our own backyard. The same thing happens when you actually take the truth of the bible to heart. We are all brothers and sisters in Christ. We were ALL made in His image. And if we really do believe that, then I have a simple question for you….have you been using some of those countless hours you spend with your “family”, whomever they are, to tell them about the love of Christ? Or are you still just hoping they come to church with you so you don’t have to do the work you were created to do? Remember to “Talk about them wherever you are, sitting at home or walking in the street; talk about them from the time you get up in the morning to when you fall into bed at night.”
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