My family loves animals. Both my wife and I had animals growing up. It tough us responsibility, care, compassion and having pets brought joy into our lives. Recently we decided that we wanted an addition to our family. We have two kids, a cat named Emma and a dog named Jewels. We love Emma but she is not not the most friendly cat. She was not cuddly and she does not like for us to pet her.
So we went on a search for a new kitten. We wanted a young cat that would adapt well to our current family. After a few months of searching we found Luther. His owners told us that Luther was a boy cat, he got along with other animals and kids.
I have been a father for seven years, and I have been a pastor for almost three years. Over the last three years I have see similarities in both being a pastor and being a parent.
Recently I have read two posts that have inspired me to think about this. The first is from a Big Daddy Paul whose father was a minister and he is a stay at home dad. He wrote a post about the difference between being a minister and being a stay at home dad. It was a great and entertaining post for me because I knew exactly what he was talking about. As a father and as a minister I see similarity in my roles – granted they are not exactly the same but in general I am shepherding people in their faith life and I am shepherding my children, not only in their faith life but at life in general.
Every week in our worship service we pray together the Apostle’s Creed. We pray this together along side Christians around the world. We declare our belief in God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. How does this belief in the Trinity make or break us in our daily lives? My hope is that when people leave worship on Sunday to live a more productive, successful life, feeling empowered to make a positive difference each day.
There is another trinity out there which is important to the way we life. That is known as the three “Rs” – “reading, (w)riting and (a)rithmetic”. These are critical skills to have in order to be successful and feel fulfilled. But there are other abilities and beliefs that are equally critical if we are going to live a long and happy life.
First we must have confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are a capable people, we have the ability to contribute to so many things in meaningful way. We have the power to influence what happens to us in our lives and that is an awesome thing but it also carries an awesome responsibility. This responsibility is what scares many of us into feeling like we are helpless, which in turn destroys any confidence that we might have.
Dear Addyson, Four years ago today you came into the world. It was one of the happiest days of my life. You were so little and I just met you but I loved you so much. When you took your first breath I was so happy, all I wanted to do was to hold you and tell you how much I loved you.
Four years ago I took you into my arms and I was so happy. Holding you I knew that I was holding a piece of my heart.
I loved the show Pinky and the Brain. Every episode you could predict the conversation….
Pinky: “Gee, Brain, what do you want to do tonight?”
The Brain: “The same thing we do every night, Pinky—try to take over the world!”
Have you ever thought what it would be like to take over the world?
Is that the type of responsibility you would want to have?
Sure being ruler of the world would be fun for awhile. But sooner or later as ruler of the world you would have to decide how to keep order in the entire world. You would have to make decisions that would affect billions of people. Words like “should,” “have to,” “ought to,” and “must,” would show up often in your speech. The more people you make happy and who approve of what you are doing, just as many people will be hurt and will disapprove of what you are doing.
I have to say that overall it was not that bad. I really psyched myself out beforehand. I was reading about all the terrible things that could happen if you shock your system by jumping into freezing water. But as the day went on almost everyone that participated dove underwater and they were fine.
So I ALMOST went completely under. I chickened out at the last second. I would like to do it again next year and hopefully get some more people to do it with me and have another great time.