Proverbs 22:6 The Message (MSG)-Point your kids in the right direction—
when they’re old they won’t be lost.
This is a special Friday edition of hump day musings. It is special for a variety of reasons. For one, it is Friday, not Wednesday. It is also the start of TGIF, not hump day. Lastly, and most importantly, it is special because today my oldest child becomes a teenager. It is a day that, if I am honest, I have dreaded. How could my little girl, the girl I played Dora dolls with and read countless books to, the girl I took to the park and watched Lion King 1,000,000 times with, be turning into a beautiful young lady right before my eyes? In what seems like a flash, that little girl has gone from the little girl who always held my hand to the girl who shrieks when we see her buddies out in public when she is with me. I knew all along that there would be a time, or a process, to letting her go and letting her be the person she is to become. At this point in her journey, my greatest hope is that, at least in part, I have followed the calling in Proverbs and pointed her in the right direction. I know there will be times when she feels lost, but I hope the foundation that has been laid by those who love her will help her to face whatever life throws at her. As a father, the best I could wish for my children would be that they are ready for whatever life throws at them.
To that end, I am spending some time reflecting on all those who have helped her to be the person who she is today. And I am profoundly grateful that she has such a strong group of supporters cheering for her every step of the way. It is an honor to be her father, and to be part of that group that supports her. She is loved and supported by her family of origin and family of choice. By coaches and teachers, neighbors and friends. It is an awesome thing to watch.
At POG, I am deeply moved by how we, as a church, live into this verse from Proverbs. I love it when people refer to the children of this congregation, old and new, as “our kids” by the whole church and not just their parents. I am overjoyed and sometimes overwhelmed at the way I see POG members care for, love and support my own three. To have a community of faith pulling for you, directing and redirecting when necessary, it an awesome thing to see in action.
Moreover, people often ask me how should they share about POG to others? What should I say? What things are people interested in? I want to invite people to our church but I do not know where to begin? I am not necessarily a smart man, but for me, a good place to start would be “we are a community that loves our kids.....all our kids”. WIth a foundation and support system like that, the right path is never far away if and when you somehow find yourself lost.