|Jan 31, 2013||Sailor Left the Sea|
|Jan 30, 2013||The Fix|
|Jan 29, 2013||Fishless|
|Jan 28, 2013||My Job's Harder|
|Jan 27, 2013||What You See Is What You Carry|
|Jan 26, 2013||Thatís Bad, Thatís Good|
|Jan 25, 2013||Defender of the Weak|
|Jan 24, 2013||Clean|
|Jan 23, 2013||Bleacher Chatter|
|Jan 21, 2013||The Lively Street|
|Jan 20, 2013||Saintly Seeds|
|Jan 19, 2013||Lover Boy|
|Jan 18, 2013||A Patient Man|
|Jan 17, 2013||Silent Performance|
|Jan 16, 2013||Almost Infinitesimal|
|Jan 15, 2013||A Prayer for the Warrior|
|Jan 14, 2013||Money, Money, Money|
|Jan 13, 2013||New Hope|
|Jan 12, 2013||Temper, Temper|
|Jan 10, 2013||The Idealist|
|Jan 9, 2013||The Parenthood Club|
|Jan 8, 2013||Faith and Luck|
|Jan 7, 2013||Eye Light|
|Jan 6, 2013||Green Eggs|
|Jan 4, 2013||Far from Eden|
|Jan 3, 2013||The Negotiation|
|Jan 2, 2013||Spring Ball|
|Jan 1, 2013||Angels Donít Eat|
Title: The Parenthood Club
Date: January 09, 2013
Childless Donny and Kathy were worried when their friends, Charlie and Jill, came for a visit with their twenty-month old baby. For the entire visit, the young parents focused their attention on the baby, and little to none on their hosts. Adult conversation was non-existent. In its place was a broken stream of chopped-up talk that revolved around the baby, who, by the way, refused to be controlled and kept touching everything.
It was an unpleasant and memorable visit. Donny and Kathy figured they’d lost their friends forever. A year later, after Kathy gave birth to Maeve, they suddenly understood the change in their friends’ behavior.
Surprisingly, Donny and Kathy had become members of a club neither knew existed – The Parenthood Club. Sure, they knew couples had babies, but they didn’t know, and couldn’t understand, what that change meant until it happened to them. They had to experience it. Parenthood changed them into different people. Maeve became their focus, sleep became prized, and selflessness became normal. They saw the world, and themselves, with fresh eyes. They had unexpectedly changed.
It’s that large of a life change that can overcome a new believer in God. It’s like entering a world they’d heard about, misunderstood, and couldn’t possibly comprehend, until they walked in themselves – until they experienced it.
Pondering belief from the outside isn’t enough. Only a heart touched by God’s grace changes, and only then can one begin to see.
Let’s Pray: Dear God, open the eyes of the spiritually blind that they may see Your light. Amen.
Here’s a Thought: Open your eyes.