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Fun with Fatherhood – First Concert

I remember it as a rite of passage of sorts when I was a kid…my first concert.

It’s been a long time but I can still recall how fun it was, and part of that fun was that I got to go with my Dad. Granted, I was a belligerent/trying to be independent teenager at the time and it was MC Hammer performing so I’m sure he wasn’t exactly thrilled about seeing the show – but it was a memorable experience regardless 🙂

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Fast forward a few decades and that brought me to Winter Jam last night. This is  a collection of 10 artists and is billed as a high quality, ministry-focused concert experience that is the world’s most attended winter tour. Judging by the crowd last night, I believe it. It was packed!

I wasn’t actually expecting the boys to be joining me but another day of school being cancelled due to Antarctica-esque weather meant they were going to be staying with me during the day today and so they met me at the arena about halfway through the show before spending the night.

They were so excited. Both of the boys were mainly interested in seeing Lecrae. He’s awesome…they’d heard him before on my iPod and were fired up to see him in person.

Needless to say, he did not disappoint. What a great show and on top of that, a great message.

Lecrae spoke several times about how he’s made some mistakes in his life, how he used to live a life he wasn’t too proud of, and how he didn’t deserve to be standing on the stage performing…but how God’s love and mercy has made all the difference in his life and has gotten him to where he is now.

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My oldest son noticed that. He was asking me about it today and I could tell during our conversation the message got through to him. Happy Dad here. I am really hoping my boys don’t take some of the wrong turns I’ve taken in life in the past, and positive experiences like last night are real blessings to me as a father.

Seeing people like Lecrae on stage in front of a packed house, taking no credit for his success and having absolutely no ego was very cool. He was genuinely humble, which is something you almost never see from ‘celebrities’ these days.

If you have a chance, check out Winter Jam. There are still plenty of concert dates left on the schedule and it is a diverse lineup of artists and music types. It’s a lot of fun and you might even get something extra out of the experience in addition to the great music.

I Don’t Like You

Those were the words I heard my seven-year-old son tell me someone had told him – after his older brother came into my room last night to let me know his little bro was sad and crying because of this.

I Don't Like You

It took me a good five minutes or so of asking him what was wrong and trying to let him know it was alright to talk about stuff like that, to get him to finally say that someone at school had in fact told him, ‘I don’t like you.’

Poor kid. I could tell he was struggling with it and it immediately made me think of how difficult in can be to deal with rejection or negative words said about you. That’s never a fun thing.

I asked him what led to this happening and he said when he went up to the kid to play with him at recess, that’s when the words were said. Turns out it had happened a couple of weeks ago but it was still bothering him. He’s a sensitive little fella, kinda like his Dad. Poor kid indeed…and knowing how I’d be dealing with it, I asked him if he was trying to figure out how to make the other kid like him. He said he was.

So I gave him the best fatherly advice I could think of (which probably wasn’t much, but I tried.) I told him, ‘Buddy…I’m sorry they said that to you. And you wanna know something? Unfortunately at different times and in different ways, people are going to tell you that throughout your life. But here’s the thing. Whenever someone tells you they don’t like you or puts you down like that – it’s because they wish they could be like you. It’s because they see something in you they don’t have. You’re a good kid and there’s no reason I could think of why anyone wouldn’t like you. So you forgive them for making you feel bad and hurting you, because that’s what Jesus did and it’s what God does for all of us whenever we mess things up. And you just keep smiling and keep being nice to them even if they’re not nice to you in return. God likes you and your family and the people who know you best like you, so don’t worry about making everyone like you because the truth is, not everyone will. But that’s ok. It doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with them but more importantly, there’s nothing wrong with you.’

By the time I’d finished rambling he was pretty sleepy, so I tucked him in and he went to sleep. Hopefully he felt at least a little better.

The only reason I’m posting this here is in case someone else out there might be struggling with rejection or the sting of harsh words that might have been said to you, either recently or perhaps a long time ago. It’s going to happen sometimes, it’s part of life. Just remember you are loved, you are wonderfully made, and you are perfectly likable – no matter what anyone who doesn’t think so or doesn’t stop long enough to realize might say 🙂

Have a great day, friends.

Positive Press

Positive Press 1

http://www.pjstar.com/news/x825422828/Robotics-students-give-6-year-old-ride-of-his-life
Robotics students give 6-year-old ride of his life

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/21/robbie-palmer-returns-orphanage_n_4133298.html?utm_hp_ref=good-news
Robbie Palmer, Co-Founder Of Kwagala Ministries Orphanage In Uganda, Returns For Surprise Visit 

http://www.cinewsnow.com/news/local/Breakfast-event-aims-to-strengthen-father-son-relationships-228631591.html
Breakfast event aims to strengthen father-son relationships

Fun with Fatherhood – Beach Bound

I have a rental car packed with suitcases, a beach umbrella, paddle ball paddles, a football, sunscreen, a blanket, towels, a big bag for collecting seashells…and no socks. Must be time to go to the beach 🙂

Taking the kids on a road trip to the Myrtle Beach for the weekend. Should be awesome. Can’t wait to get back to the place I called home for nearly six years.

I can hear the ocean already…

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The Science of Dad: Engaged Fathers Help Kids Flourish

That’s the title of this article: http://www.livescience.com/37435-fathers-importance-kids.html

Increasingly involved dads are good news for kids, studies suggest.

The more dads engage with their kids, the more likely their kids are to flourish.

I completely agree.

Fathers…be a Dad today! You’re making a huge (positive) impact on your children when you do.

Have a great day.