Four years…will fly by!
How do I know? Well after dragging my kids out of bed last Tuesday to watch the historic inauguration of our first black president (which we would have watched the inauguration events no matter who was being sworn in – to me it is patriotic!), I began to reminisce on past inaugurations.
- Just four years ago in 2005 three of my girls – Michelle, Amy & Rebekah attended the inauguration of George W Bush for his second term
- Four years previous to that in 2001, Michelle, after working for months volunteering her time for the Republican Central Committee (as an 11 year old….mind you!) raised the funds and secured a ticket from our congressman to attend Bush’s first inauguration!
- of course I can remember the 1997 inauguration of Bill Clinton because my four girls ages 7, 4, 3 and 18 months and I made & ate an entire batch of chocolate chip cookie dough to drown our sorrows. (ok, so the girls were happy even before the cookie dough except for perhaps Michelle who even at seven was already political)
- During the 1993 inauguration I only had two little girls…just a “starter kit” family
- If you go back to the 1989 innaguaration of George H Bush I was pregnant with Michelle just beginning my nine months of non stop “morning sickness”.
- And in 1985 I was single (not even considering matrimony or motherhood!) & a youth pastor for over 100 teens
- 1981, after voting for the first time the previous November for Ronald Reagan, I was an 18 year old freshman at the University of the Pacific
That is only eight inaugurations since my being old enough to vote. Then I began to do the math….our children will be at home with us for, a mere four or at the most five inaugurations. FOUR!!!??? Does that not seem like an incredibly small amount of time when you put it in perspective? I know that when “your guy” is not in office four years may seem like an eternity. But it really does just fly by like all of life once you enter the “adult world”. (When I was a child everything seemed to take forever to get here…is that still the case today?)
So wether you are lamenting or rejoicing in the next four years under our current administration
- Take a moment to realize and let it sink in how very short four years is and how incredibly fast it will go by
- Take a moment to count how many innaguarations your kids have left under your roof (Michelle is already up & out, this was the last innaguration for Amy & Kristen to be at home….<big sigh & gulp>, Rebekah has one left, Grace has two, Joy has three and Daniel has four)
- Take a moment to decide what are you going to do with that time you have left, Lord willing, with your children?
Be purposeful in your parenting. Have a plan and inact that plan! You have four short “terms of office” as their parents to
- mold and shape them into people of character & conscience
- teach and train them in the principles of the Word of God
- disciple and mentor them to fear the Lord and glorify Him in all that they do
- influence them to be life giving and show love to the “least of these” – the orphans, widows, elderly, disabled, depressed, outcasts, enslaved and the unborn
- inspire them to live a life of service that will make a difference and have a lasting impact
Take an oath today that you will be purposeful in your parenting during the term of office you have left. Don’t let these years just pass you by – all too soon your term will be up and your legacy will be carried on….for better or for worse by your children. What will history write about your parenting?
This past weekend fifty two excited students marched across the platform to receive their diplomas and become the 10th graduating class at Jim Elliot Christian High School. We now have over 350 alumni who are making a difference in this world after being trained, taught, discipled and mentored at this exceptional school.
Dan and I are proud to have been a part of the beginning of Jim Elliot and each year as we witness another class graduating our hearts overflow with joy and thanksgiving to God for the great things He is doing in and through these incredible young people.
This years class was an awesome example of the kind of sacrificial giving and life of service that we hope to instill in our students. They were continually giving of their time, talent and resources to bless others. They volunteered at children’s homes, pregnancy crisis centers, emergency food banks, retirement homes, hospitals, churches, tutoring elementary school students, special olympics to name a few. They opened up a snack shack during lunch and ran it all year raising over $11,000 for student tuition assistance. They held a talent show to raise funds for college scholarships for next years senior class. Several young men spent the entire year helping a handicapped girl learn to ride a bike and roller skate and in the process gave her the confidence to begin to communicate more effectively with everyone around her. And the list goes on.
One of the best examples of the type of stellar students we have is this - When I asked the student body president a few months back if he would do me a favor, without hesitation he enthusiastically responded, “Of course!”. I looked at him and said, “But John, you don’t know what it is I am going to ask you yet.” To which he replied, “It doesn’t matter what it is Mrs Lambdin, I will do it for you.” How refreshing!
It is amazing to me that these mere eighteen year olds have often done more to serve and give to others in their four years of high school than many adults have done in a lifetime. I pray that their legacy of service will touch and inspire others to begin to live a rich life that is centered on God and service rather than self centered pursuits that are ultimately empty and unfulfilling.
Congratulations Jim Elliot Christian High School Class of 2008!
This weekend we sat down with our family and made the decision to sponsor a child monthly through World Vision. We reviewed the packet they sent us giving us details of the child we will sponsor and watched the DVD highlighting children from different countries who have been helped through World Vision. It is alwaya amazing to me to see the way people live in other countries. The things we take for granted in the United States are vast! (like having clean running water at our disposal every minute, indoor plumbing, floors that are not made of dirt, multiple bedrooms – or even beds for that matter!)
Here is the darling little seven year old boy, Nthabana, from Southern Africa that we are sponsoring:
This is a family project – not just a “Mom & Dad” thing, so we discussed how we were going to all participate. Here is our plan:
- Prayer – We will all pray for him and his family. We will add his photo to our prayer album that we use during homeschooling to remind us to pray. We wil pray for him during family dinner time as well as individually.
- Finances – It costs $35 a month to sonpsor a chld through World Vision. We are all going to chip in! Joy is going to contribute her change each month. Grace is going to weed the yard for an hour a month. Rebekah, Kristen, Amy & Michelle are going to each chip in each month from their personal savings.
- Correspondance – Once a month we will sit down and write him letters, assemble a care package and have the younger ones draw pictures. What a great family night activity!
Jesus said “…whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name, welcomes me.” Matthew 18:5
This is a perfect and easy way to welcome a child, in Jesus name.