Youthful Parents

I was listening to the radio this morning and I heard a little snip-it: “Here’s a thought: Children are a great comfort in your old age. They will also help you reach it faster.”

While this made me chuckle inside, almost immediately it also made me indignant. There is a grain of truth in the fact that children cause a good deal of stress and require a great deal of attention and work. Some of the hardest work in the world is training, shaping, and loving a person from infancy into adulthood. Getting them to decent adulthood is even harder than that. And training mighty men and women up from the selfish children they start out being is a task so big only God can do it.

However, I do not believe children rob us of our youthfulness. I believe they extend it! There is nothing to keep you young like a 18 month old who likes to get into everything. Talk about a work out! It also keeps my mind sharp to be always aware of where he is, not to mention being aware of how I am training him. Yes, it is also tiring, but just because it tires me out does not mean it is stealing my youth. Nothing worth having was easily attained.

Just for giggles I looked up synonyms to “youthful” and these are some: enthusiastic, fresh, full of life, keen, vigorous, active, buoyant. In my opinion, these things are encouraged and grow stronger in my life BECAUSE I have children. Some reduction in these qualities is normal because…well…big surprise…..I’m growing older. But they are kept alive longer because my children keep me young.

Primary Priorities: A Word about Political Apathy

What has happened to the Christian idea about a civic duty?

My wife and I were astounded by how many people we personally know that did not vote in our statewide Republican primary for president on “Super Tuesday.” Now, I am not wanting to bash these friends into the ground, because I realize there are times when voting really is impossible. However, I do believe many people do not vote in the primary simply because they do not consider it important enough. It is not a priority.

Why is that? Why do we Christians think that voting in the primary is not a big deal? (Assuming this assessment is true. This is based on some personal experiences and some general apathy I hear from a lot of people in my work.) If we are unhappy with the candidate we are asked to vote for in November, then we need to participate in the selection process for chosing the best candidate. This means voting in primaries.  Continue reading