5 Things to Tell Your Kids Today

Raising kids is hard!  Since becoming a parent I walk a fine line between being my kids father and their friend.  No matter what I them to know that I love them no matter what, that I am thankful for all that they do and they are wonderful, talented individuals.

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However, in the hustle and bustle of life I forget to tell them these things.  I spend so much time getting them to activities, correcting behavior, and just making it through day-to-day life that some of the more important messages get lost.

So if you are like me I would like to remind you of 5 things you can tell your kids today to encourage them and to remind them that they are special.

Nothing is Impossible with God

“Nothing is impossible with God.”  Have you heard that before?  Do you really believe it?  I have seen things, read about things and personally experienced things that have truly tell me that God is with me and that I can do anything with the help, love and grace of God.

Nothing is Impossible

We have see this the last several weeks in our readings.  From the ark that save Noah, his family and the animals, to the impossibility of Abraham and Sarah having a baby in their old age, to the Israelites escaping Egypt and God providing for them in their long journey – teaching them how to be a community.

Six Bible Verses that Could Change Your Life

I have read a lot of books.  I enjoy books.  My parents would read to me quite often as a child and I have tried to instill that love for reading in my children.  In high school and in college I would read the assigned texts given in class but I would also pick up books from the library to foster my imagination and creativity.

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Some of my favorite books throughout the years have been Green Eggs and Ham, Hop on Pop, Pet Cemetery, The Green Mile, The Odyssey, Pastrix, and many others.  However, the book that has had the greatest impact on my life has been the Bible.

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The Ten Commandments

The Ten Commandments help us embody our new creation and our new names found in Christ. At church as well as our school, work places, and families we are given new life. But in order to fully experience this we need structure and guidance.  Because if it was totally up to us we will get something wrong or do something we shouldn’t — basically we will sin.

The Ten Commandments

Because in each of our lives there is some misplaced desire, some grief, some reckless act that takes over where our new selves ought to be, and we find ourselves lost afraid maybe even confused as to how we got there and where to go next.

Find Your Calling

Do you ever get tired of hearing people talk about how it is to chase your dream? Well, that’s easy to say when you don’t have kids. But what about those of us who struggle to fight for just a few minutes of solitude per day?  What does chasing your passion look like then?


It took me a long time to find my dream.  Going to college I wanted to be a professional tuba player.  However that dream changed, and changed, and changed again.  It was another six years before I heard my calling to go to seminary to be a pastor.

As a pastor I love what I do, but reading good books about calling help affirm my decisions.

That’s what the newest book by Jeff Goins is all about. In The Art of Work, he gives us another way of looking at our lives and work. “Sometimes,” he says, “all the little things in life aren’t interruptions to our calling. They are the most important part. ”

If you haven’t heard of Jeff Goins, he has quickly built an online business, quit his job, and starting living his dream. But he’s also a dad, husband, and committed guacamole connoisseur. In other words, Jeff isn’t just about the work.

And throughout the book he interviews inspiring, everyday people like Ginny Phang, who found her calling in the midst of being a single mom, trying to make ends meet. For Ginny, family wasn’t what kept her from her life’s purpose. It’s what helped her discover it in the first place.

Back in the day you got a job as a teacher, mechanic, or accountant and that’s what you did for the rest of your life.

Your vocation was your identity. And for many, it still is.

Think about when you meet someone new. You ask them to tell you about themselves. What’s one of the first 5 sentences out of their mouth?

“I’m a _____.”

Some of us find safety and security in this norm, while it terrifies others.  I think for most of us we identify somewhere in between.

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Finding your calling in life, Jeff argues, isn’t just about doing something. It’s about becoming someone. And The Art of Work will help you figure that out — in the midst of everyday life.

The Art of Work, Jeff explores the concept of a “calling”. He shares real life stories of every day people who accomplished extraordinary things while providing practical insights and guidelines for discovering the work you were meant to do.

ArtOfWorkThe Art of Work is organized into 7 primary themes:

  1. Awareness
  2. Apprenticeship
  3. Practice
  4. Discovery
  5. Profession
  6. Mastery
  7. Legacy

Learn more about what these mean and how to find your calling in Jeff’s new book!

Here are some of my favorite quotes:

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