11“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:11-13)
Happy Thursday Family! I am back with more words that I hope hold some wisdom for y’all. I am on family leave with the birth of our third child (SGZ3). I felt inspired from my heart-filled moments at the hospital to focus this week on the miracle of children and the enormous responsibility, role, and reward of rearing these gifts from God. I will be returning to my usual commentary next week, diving into our final weeks of Dr. Derwin Gray’s “How To Heal Our Racial Divide”. Then I may be silent for much of September as I have a long drill exercise with the Georgia National Guard and I am unsure how much time I will have to be able to sit down and put posts together. I have begun to read C.S. Lewis’ mighty work, “Mere Christianity”, and after just reading the Preface and Foreword, I can not wait to share the wonders of that writing with you here.
Even though I am soaking in every detail of SGZ3’s first week of life and living in the moment, not having to work has given me an enormous amount of free time. I have finally finished Season One of “The Chosen” and I am hooked. If you have not watched that series, I can not recommend it enough. I love the depth they reveal the inner details of the Disciples and their relationship with Jesus. I am sure that many may argue the director’s portrayal of Jesus is inaccurate, but I am thoroughly satisfied, and no one should speak a word against a show that seeks to humbly bring the teachings of Jesus to the world in a relevant and informative medium.
With all our driving to doctor’s appointments everyday, Mrs. Z and I have been able to follow Sean Kipe’s newest true crime podcast called “In The Land of Lies”, as he exposes another corrupt law enforcement agency in the state of Georgia. Both “Fox Hunter” and this newest podcast revolve around incidents that happen in the late 80s/early 90s, and it is no wonder so many in America have a distrust with law-and-order. I hope that we are doing much better as a society, but after hearing the amount of corruption in a much bigger department than the one in small town Georgia, I might start asking some different questions on the streets about my own department. Savannah PD just went through it’s own corruption cleansing in 2013 when the Chief of Police was indicted on Federal charges for extortion, participating in an illegal gambling operation and conspiring to obstruct the enforcement of state criminal laws. I recommend all of you reading this, if you listen to podcasts to begin following “In The Land of Lies” wherever you listen to such entertainment/education from.
All that being said, time to get back to the “Three ‘R’s” of parenting: responsibility, role, and reward. Yesterday I touched on the enormous responsibility of raising a child. Today I want to focus on the role we have as parents. This is important because any of us, whether we have children of our own or not, can play the important role of raising a child to be world changers, specifically for the good of mankind, not the destruction of society. As a parent, the role of Father or Mother, is THE MOST important job you have in this life. You hold the future of the world in your hands when you hold your newborn child, and your role as their parent molds and shapes them into the person they will grow to be. Now, make no mistake, as they grow older they will be influenced by many other agents: friends, teachers, culture, school, entertainment, and on and on and on. But how, and what, you pour into them from their birth will determine where, and who, they seek their guidance from. You should always be the one they come to for advice, for help with their homework, for answers to the hardest issues they face as they grow-up. Because if they do not come to you for those answers, they will seek them from someone. If you think your only role as a parent is to only provide food and shelter, you are truly missing out on the experience of raising a child to be an extension of who you are. But that is the reward I will touch on tomorrow. For today, let me close by saying, again, that anyone can play a role of raising a child to be rooted in a solid upbringing. It truly takes a village and whether you are an Uncle/Aunt (or a family friend) who can help parents in need by taking their kids somewhere to enrich their lives, by all means do it! Pour into them. Pour into a perfect stranger by getting involved in local Boys and Girls Clubs, or by volunteering/serving in your Church’s Kids Ministry. We all have a role to play to raise the next generation to know the true love and grace of Jesus Christ, to save this world from the evils and failings of previous generations, and to raise a revival that teaches peace and mercy over bitterness and division. Get out an fulfill that role today! You know the source of The Truth, The Way, and The Life and you need to get out and help reveal those mysteries to future generations. Do not let that majesty remain “Hidden” anymore!