Build God’s Kingdom in Love

I didn’t want drama, I wanted bliss. But when those dramatic moments happen in marriage, what do you do? Do you say “Well, maybe I should just start over and get out while the gettin’s good” or do we need to take a reinvestment in our understanding of what Love is?

Reinvest in God

We can’t get caught in the trap where we think that our difficulty or challenge –  no matter how long we’ve been fighting it, no matter how far we feel like we’re in it – that God can’t come with his graces, and there can’t come a way to help us out.

The Calling

“People like you and I and any parents or people out there who have tried to live their faith – that’s where we can have an advantage. God has shown off to me, and it’s my job to testify to that, to tell people ‘Listen to what God did.'”

Call Out The Lie

It’s walking past the Christmas Tree and saying “ehh, I’ll think about the gift tomorrow.” No – you run down the stairs and you start barreling through stuff, and then your parents get mad because you did it too fast. You get excited about it. Go open the presents. Take what was freely given to you.

Burden of Healing

If a kid, tells you something, or shows you something, you don’t get mad or freak out and hit the phone with a sledgehammer. You tell them, “I’m proud of you. Thank you.” And then you tell them, “I’m sorry that happened, that you had to see that. And maybe we didn’t do something we could’ve.” Your kids see that vulnerability and that brokenness – that’s powerful.

Understanding Vices

For the sake of your son or your daughter, you work on yourself. You can’t come at it from a “do as I say, not as I do” kind of perspective. They’ll see right through that. You are a witness.

Parent the Principles

“I need to have restrictions. I need to have things in place that will protect those times where I just need to be unplugged, detached, not accessible to everyone. But I need to be accessible to my family, to my wife, to my God.”