After some thought, I realized the most uninterrupted time I spend with my children is in the car. This Lenten season I invite you join us as we make our car a phone free zone and talk about our faith. My prayer for us is that this will be a time when our discussions of our faith understanding will bless everyone in the car.
Let The Journey Begin
Like most of you, I spend a lot of time in my car. I drive the
entire valley for pastoral visits and the many different aspects of my ministry in
the Vail Valley and Colorado BUT the most time, I spend in the car is taking
kids where they need to go. This got me thinking about how we can use this time
together better. My boys aren't old enough to have their own phones so they don't
have that distraction; however, when they are old enough to drive I don't want
them to be in the habit of using their phones in the car. This
mean I have to model this behavior better.
Photo by Christopher Lukanich
OUR CAR IS NOW A PHONE FREE ZONE!!!!
We talk about everything with our kids: school, sports, dance, music,
the weather, etc. but when it comes to God, we just clam up. I am just as
guilty as any parent and this is my business. I am unsure of what to ask or how to handle the
off the wall answers I get from the back seat. And even more daunting are the
questions I get, because the questions are often questions most adults are afraid to
ask out loud. These questions go right to the heart of our own doubts and faith
I know, I am not the only one who struggles with talking about
faith with my kids. Lent seems like a perfect time to be uncomfortable for a
few minutes while I talk to my boys about our faith. My prayer is that these
discussions will give us a deeper understanding of our relationships with each
other and God.
I plan to use this travel time to talk to the boys about our faith
and their understanding of God. I want to know what they are thinking and what
they understand. I would like to invite your family to join us. Our children
know about God because we bring them to church and Sunday school but their
primary understanding of how God is present in their lives comes from parents.
When they see us talking to and about God they come to know God as a constant and
active presence in their lives.
Every day during Lent, I will post a discussion topic for the
commute. I know that loads of questions and funny comments will come from these
discussions. I invite you to share them with us, if you would like. I will try
to answer the questions as quickly as I can. I hope this leads our community to
a deeper understanding of our own faith journeys by examining it through the
eyes of our children.
I did not post due to some technical difficulties. Thank you for your
understanding. Not being able to complete the post I had promised to do each
day really bothered me yesterday. I worried if I had broken my Lenten disciple and had I
broken my promise to God. I worried if I could be a good example to my children
if I didn’t keep my promise. Then I worried about getting their lunches
together, getting them dressed, feeding them breakfast, etc. etc. etc. You see
quickly my worry about not be able to complete one task snowballed into
something greater and it took more of my day than it needed.
During The Gathering on Sunday evening, we had the chance to talk about
law and grace. I remembered when I paused yesterday that we are a people who believe in
grace and that the law does not save us. The law is meant to protect us from harm,
however our relationship with God is not dependent on the law. God is not going
to kick me out the club or make me work harder to stay in if I mis…
I believe one
of the most difficult jobs of parenthood is choosing a name for your unborn
child. There are books and websites to help us all figure out what to name our
child. Many of us spend time search family records so that we can give our
children a name that reminds them of their family or the name comes out of a
shared experience by the parents. Regardless of how we select a name it is
still one of the first ways parents begin to influence their child’s life. A
name tells the world who you are, where you come from and to whom you belong. In today’s
scripture reading, God not only knows the names of Abram and Sarai but he
changes them to remind them how they are now changed. When God promises to
bless them and their descendants’ but he gives them a reminder of this promise.
They are new people because of their new relationship with God so they have new
names that suit their new roles. Name changing
happens a few times in scripture to indicate a new relationship with God. Jacob