Wednesday Confessional

I’m a Dad. I’ve been one for almost 14 years. I can honestly say that there have been some trying times in these few years of fatherhood. Like some Dads out there, there is always some question as to whether or not, we’re actually doing a good job. Make no mistake, I am so thankful that God has given my boys to me and I will forever be grateful. Sometimes, I wonder if I’m doing it right. Sometimes, I wonder if my sons will appreciate that work that I do for them. I wonder what goes on in their minds when they’re with me for our time together and even when we’re not. What can I change to make things better for them? There are so many questions out there that have been asked but haven’t always been answered.

When my Dad was alive, he was quite busy when I was growing up. Being a PK is definitely not as easy as some may think. In fact, that microscope that we PKs are thrust into tends to get more annoying as we get older and start making decisions for ourselves. Now, many years later, my boys are PKs. Something that they never asked for but, alas, they are. I think back on when I was growing up I did spend a lot of time with my Dad. Granted there were times when he was busy at church or even when he was teaching. One thing he never did was neglect me. I got corrected when it was needed (quite often actually), and then there were times when we would go watch a game or even just go to the park to throw the ball. He even tried to teach me how to play tennis! When I left to go to the Army, I was on my own. No more seeing Dad everyday or even eating dinner with him and my Mom. I was a soldier and a man. But I wonder, if he asked the same questions I’m asking now. Did he question if he did a good job as a Dad? I wish that I could have asked him when I had the chance.

Waiting is the Hardest Part

Happy Friday Folks,

It a cool and overcast day here in central Florida. It’s also Friday so I’m ready for the weekend. How about you?

One of the biggest and greatest challenges we face daily is the process of waiting. Man, oh man. Waiting can be EXTREMELY frustrating. Whether it’s good news or bad, we hate having to wait for either. I’m in the process of waiting for a few things myself and, I can assure you, I don’t like it! LOL You would think that those in the entertainment industry would take a hint when we have to “tune in next week” or when we have to wait for the sequel to the movie we just saw at the theater, that we do not like to wait for anything. I mean, why do we have to wait what’s considered “so long” for something we’re obviously looking forward to? Is it too much to ask that we get what we want right now?

“I’ve been waiting for the right person to come along but it’s been years…”

“When are they going to call me for that job I interviewed for?” (my personal favorite)

These are things that people are asking all day, everyday, yet all the while we are in the same boat…waiting…for something.

I had to take what Psalms 27 said and apply it where it needs to be applied:

Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.

I also had to realize that what God told Isaiah was also meant for me:

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.

There will always be a time when we are sitting and waiting for something. It’s almost impossible to not have to wait. That is a fact of this life. I can only encourage you as well as myself that sometimes, the wait is necessary in order for whatever it is you are waiting for is done correctly. Think about it. When your food is being prepared just the way you like it, do you take it out early? If you enjoy a medium well steak, do you take out while it’s still rare? When you have alterations done on clothes you want to wear, would you rather have them fit wrong? I’m sure you know the answers to all of these questions as I do. Speaking for myself, this is a big lesson for me to learn daily.