The Back of Love’s Hand

Last night, my wife had dinner out with a friend.  I looked forward to spending the evening with my kids, doing something fun.  But one of my kids had a major behavioral malfunction. I had to discipline him.  It was the very opposite of fun.  Since then, I’ve been thinking about Hebrews 12:6, “the Lord…

No Answer

Lately, I’ve been thinking about a couple phrases: “God answered my prayer” or “God didn’t answer my prayer.” It’s common to hear both of these. I’ve said them and heard others say them countless times. Let me preface the rest of this post: I’m not given to semantic arguments. Communication is an (often clumsy) art….

Clyde’s Interesting Habit

Clyde the ghost from Atari’s “Pac-Man“.  Clyde usually wandered off on his own. One of my children (let’s call her Clyde) has an interesting habit. As in any parent/child relationship, I often ask Clyde to do something when she’s in the middle of doing something she’d rather do. Clyde’s interesting habit is this: instead of…

Gremlins, Leeches, and the Failure of the Serenity Prayer

I have a toddler.   Anyone who has raised one knows it is among the most exhausting things you will ever do. They are in constant motion—usually in the wrong direction.   Whether toward danger or irresponsibility they jigger gigglingly toward it. Toddlers survive because parents constantly jerk their verbal leashes and, sometimes, their literal…

Sheep, Children, and Bumblebees

Scripture says we are sheep and need to be like children (John 10:14; Matt. 18:1-2). Neither of these are flattering images. Sheep must be led. I’ve heard sheep can’t care for themselves or find food and water without help. If this isn’t entirely true of sheep it’s definitely true of children. Kids are loved but…

I’m Gettin’ Nuttin’ for Christmas

  Last December, I had to discipline my four year old son. (I can’t even remember why). I could not have guessed what happened next. He teared up and asked if he would still get Christmas presents. I was shocked. My wife and I *never* leveraged Christmas gifts to get our kids to behave. Why…