Hold on

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If you do not know, I am an avid movie watcher. I like movies so much that I often get lost in the story and imagination of the characters of the big screen. It is in these stories that I can forget about the troubles and worries of the day. I can immerse myself in the lead role and think about how I would handle myself or how I would save the day…

There is a story that I can see through a passage of Scripture that I keep coming back to throughout my days here on earth. A story so relatable to not only my life but yours as well. There is a part of us all that longs to be a part of a story much larger than our earthly sight. Oh how we long for things much greater than ourselves even if we can’t describe it.

And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” Matthew 14:28-31

This passage is actually in the middle of a larger scene but captures a thickening plot that the disciples find themselves in. You see, like Peter, there are times that we jump in heart first into that which Jesus is calling us to out on the water. And almost instantly at the moment of walking on water with Jesus it seems that Peter let everything around get the most of him.

You and I are not much different than Peter. We may have never walked on water but we have wondered what life would be like if we allowed ourselves to live unhindered by the things of this world. Unhindered by reputation, lifestyle, and the like to live with a zeal unlike any on this earth.

Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him..

Can you imagine the scene of raging wind and sea surrounding Peter and in a cry of desperation calls out to Jesus for safety? Guess what? The climax isn’t in the outstretched hand, no, it is in the next verse.

And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. Matthew 14:32

You see, it isn’t until Jesus walks with Peter, on the water, back to the boat until the wind ceased. Jesus walks with us through whatever storm we find ourselves in. Where ever you are today may this find you not only calling out to Jesus but daring to live the life that he has called you to. A life where walking with the Savior is commonplace over the things of this world.

Parents just don’t understand

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Are you a parent? If so, you have probably been told that you do not understand the issues that your child/children are facing these days. Maybe the change in communication, relationships, gender descriptions, and emoticons has you a bit confused.

Articles and radio messages tell parents that children should make their own decisions about what is good for them and parents should support every whim…

Parents have been shunned from their kids social media accounts/timelines for fear of looking un-cool. Parents, this is for you.

You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. Deuteronomy 6:5-9

This passage reflects what ALL parents should practice throughout our children’s lives. So how does this help us with social media and our children?

Our role as parents should be teaching and guiding our children how to live the life that God has called them to. And part of the responsibility of parenting is understanding who and what our children are interacting with on a daily basis.

Hear me, a father, when I say that you should be all up in your children’s business when it comes to social media or other web related subscriptions/downloads. Yes, if your child has a login to anything, you should too.

When the day comes that your child unfriends, unfollows, or deletes you, you should delete their access. It is imperative that you as the parent teach your child how to keep social media in it’s proper place.

You shall love your children by being a reflective example of true love. Love disciplines, guides, corrects, and prunes.