Wednesday, August 15, 2012
What's in Your Backpack?
Cue: collective sigh.
With all of the things I could zero-in on when it comes to getting our kids (and ourselves) prepared for a great school year...today, I chose backpacks. Yes, backpacks.
Remember, I'm not Dr. Phil or the Supernanny, so even though I may spend the bulk of my next blog sharing "tips" about beginning well this fall, you can just chew the meat and throw away the bones. Well, you pretty much can always do that with me.
That stated, over the past few days I have been thinking about being spiritually prepared and backpacks.
Before the pencils are sharpened and the right folders are purchased ("...the kind with the fasteners or the kind with pockets or the kind with...?"), and way before they face the peer pressure and bullying issues, our kids need to be equipped. That's where the spiritual backpack comes in.
Now, for all of you born-and-raised church folk, I know and love the thought of running kids through the "Armor of God" from Ephesians 6 in the Bible. It's vital, I know. When my boys were young, we put on our "armor" while driving to school each morning. Me: "Helmet of?" Boys: "Salvation!" Me: "Belt of?" Boys: "Truth!" And so on. Maybe I'm playing off of that to a degree, but let me quickly give you another word picture to mull over...
As parents, we have a job to prepare our children in every way possible for life. Life that includes schooling. We need our armor on, they need their armor on. We need our backpacks stuffed with the right things, they need their backpacks stuffed with the right things.
What's in your spiritual backpack? Have your kids had a chance to see inside? Regardless, I'll bet they've seen the results of what you have or don't have in it.
Have they seen you packing it? What do they see you put into it? Do they see you setting aside time for God? Do they see you going to the gym, the movies or even to volunteer at church more than they've seen you read your Bible or pray?
When you pack wisely, your kids are more apt to pack wisely, too. Oh, you won't be a perfect packer and neither will they, but the better you both try to pack, the better you'll both be prepared for what life...or school...may throw towards you.
Purpose today to pack well. If you're like me, before you pack, you have to dump. I have to dump my pack often. Dump all the junk. The bitterness, the jealousy, the hurts, the anger. If you're like me, you quite often have young eyes watching you and your pack...so, dump and pack wisely.
After all, a backpack full of useless stuff is just, well...excess baggage.
What's in your backpack?