Category Archives: Family

Smarter Than He Looks

The title is directed at the one and only Jason Posey(that I know). Being the guy he is I’ll bet he can appreciate the title. Now the question at hand, why do I think such a thing about Jason? He said some words to me a long time ago that have clung to me. Twice in my life I have given totally into the power of sin and desires of my flesh to live in a manner contrary to the commandments and teachings of my Lord. The first time I repented and recommitted my life to the Lord was somewhere around 2004.

The excitement and joy of the work God had done in my life was just overflowing. If you were talking to me, we were probably talking about Jesus. (A place I would like to be in, but a little more effective. A fire outside the stove will burn down the house.) I was telling Jason what all had happened and how great things were now and what great things I was going to do for the Lord yada yada. He told me that was all great, but the true testimony would come in time. In two years are you still serving God, what about five or ten?

Somewhere in the 2006 area I ended a relationship and decided I would console myself with a bottle of Crown Royal. Now obviously I had some issues going on and some blind spots leading up to this, but this was the defining moment. From that bottle I went on another two-year sin binge. I wasn’t particularly addicted to anything I was drinking or taking, but it did help numb my mind to any thoughts of God.

After repenting and since having a faithful relationship (by faithful I mean continually striving against sin, not that I don’t sin) since 2008 I can look back and see he was just a little bit smarter than he looks.┬áHe knew that going back and forth and playing games with God brings reproach and that people see right through that garbage. ┬áThese mistakes are easily avoidable….die daily. Never think you don’t need to worry about this sin or that sin. Pray for and help those who are struggling, don’t ever forget the dirt God has pulled you up out of to look down your nose at some other filthy pig. Everyone needs some grace, everyone needs some mercy, everyone needs a day one. Today could be yours.

Second Chance at Wisdom

“Enjoy your school days, they will be over before you know it.” If you are out of high school and/or college you have surely heard those words. If you are still in school you probably have heard them and disregarded them. Looking back after 13 years out of high school, I wish I would have listened to the people telling me how fast it would go.

Don’t fret though, I’m going to offer you a second chance at wisdom here today. One small stipulation though, I’m only offering it to you poor saps with offspring. That may seem a little unfair, but life always is, and thank God for that.

Let me say it plainly even though you have heard it before, “Take time to play with your kids.” Put down your phone, turn off your television and interact with them. I can only speak from the experience of someone who has an almost six year old little girl. I don’t know when the time will come that daddy isn’t her hero anymore or that she doesn’t want daddy to carry her to bed or snuggle, but I know it will come.

I can’t mark on a calendar the day she won’t ask me to play anymore, but the folks who have raised their own kids can tell me it’s coming. I don’t ask my mom or dad to play anymore. (even though I did put together a puzzle with my mom the other day) The point is, if you missed your shot at listening on the school advice, don’t miss this kid advice.

You have one chance to be an impact in your child’s “child” life. Sure you will have interactions as a young adult, and an adult; but you can never go back to these magical foundational years. All of their memories are being made right now, are you a part of them?

Will they remember that you played with them? Or will you be remembered for saying, “Some other time, not right now, or as soon as daddy finishes blah blah blah.” I know of only two things your children should take a back seat to. The first is God, and the second is your spouse; after that everything else can wait. Make time for them, teach them things, play with them, pray with them, read to them; raise good stewards of this earth and fine citizens of this country. Most important of all, love them.