Happy Father’s Day. It’s been a pretty solid week for me. God has been teaching me some new things, and re-igniting my passion for doing what we do. Some of the highlights:
Lunch with Gary Lamb. Gary is the lead pastor at Ridgestone Church in Canton, meeting at the Riverstone Theater. Gary’s a unique guy, with a passion to see disconnected people come to Christ. We had a good lunch together, and I learned some new things and remembered some old stuff. Hebrews 10:24 says we should spur one another on to “love and good works.” Being around Gary always does that. (Well, o.k. Gary, at least the good works part :)).
I read Bill Hybels book Holy Discontent in 2 readings. I’ve heard his message on this topic, and the message was a turning point in my life. I really dug the book, and highly recommend it. His point is that deep down in all of us is something that “wrecks” us. One thing that we MUST do something about. He gives some good pointers on finding that “thing.”
Baby dedication was today. I love babies, especially when someone else is in charge of changing their diapers. We hold parent/child dedication twice a year, and it’s a time for parents to commit to raise their children in a manner that points them to God. Parenting is a tremendous responsibility, and we need all of the help we can get.
I challenged Dad’s today to take leadership in their homes. Not the macho “man-up” message, but more of stepping into God’s role that we are supposed to take in the family. In 20 years, when our kids are making career decisions and raising their own kids, they won't care that we spent a ton of money chasing them to all star games or cheerleading competition. They'll be glad if we showed them how to include God in their lives. I took time at the end of the service to pray over our dad’s.
Anytime you call out a particular group, you leave out another group. My hat goes out to single Mom’s, who wish they had father’s in their home to help raise their kids. These situations happen for different reasons, and it is always difficult. I have a heart for single Mom’s, and I hope in the future Stonecreek will be a place that will always help single Mom’s with their unique needs.