Through a series of AMAZING events I had the chance to connect with Ron Mackey, The Director of Deerfoot, a boy’s camp in upstate New York. Within an hour of discussing everything from
Through a series of AMAZING events I had the chance to connect with Ron Mackey, The Director of Deerfoot, a boy’s camp in upstate New York. Within an hour of discussing everything from leadership to discipleship, I walked away with three pages of notes. Ron is a down-to-earth guy who challenged me to pursue Jesus with everything I have, embrace challenging circumstances, and continue to do whatever it takes to build long lasting relationships.
He mentioned that “he’s over his head and desperate for the Lord to show up and help him” as he leads Deerfoot. His humility is admirable and I value a man who is so confident in his faith while desperate for God’s provision. I could listen to this guy for hours and I was so encouraged that at the end of the day his desire is to be a deep well to be used by God in any way he sees fit.
As a leader, parent, and student of Jesus I was stretched by my time with Ron. I’m always looking for ways to be a better dad. Ron gave me a new newfound desire to see my children grow up seeking God’s face and living an adventure for Him. Ron’s encouraging words built momentum in my heart, and I’m certain that I can help my kids be warriors for Jesus, trusting Him through life’s storms. I really want my kids to have deep roots and strong relationships and as I talked to Ron I found a renewed confidence that I can help them in this area. Ron gave me three things that are fail proof when creating momentum as I desire these things for my kids:
1. Pursue the Lord at all costs
2. Live a life that embraces and accepts challenge
3. Develop deep and meaningful relationships
I’m so grateful to Ron for the legacy he’s leaving in the lives of young men including my boys. If you’re a leader who is passionate about seeing young men grow in their faith I encourage you to reach out to my friend Ron. A conversation with him will not only lift your spirits but challenge your faith as well.
I love what Jeff says about the future of your life.
“The people that you listen too are a preview of a future you.”
Man that is good! You can learn from everyone, but it’s intentional time with the right people that will help you become better.
View today as an adventure! It’s the only way to really enjoy the life we’re given. Everything you get to do is a blessing not a chore! One day the lessons you’re learning now will be life lessons you’ll reflect on later. The day is approaching when you will look back on your life and wonder if you did everything you could to enjoy the people, places, and things God has given you. Don’t waste them!
This is the day The Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it! Psalm 118:24
Expect surprises! When you live your life with Jesus no day is boring or predictable. Don’t take the easy path. Don’t just get through the day. Live it!! Be willing to follow Jesus wherever he leads. By his side is better than any other place.
Instead of trying to make your day into what you want it to be, open your eyes to all the things Jesus has prepared just for you!! Keep your eyes on him and don’t forget to live the ultimate adventure.
If you have kids you know it can be challenging at times to help them see the world the way you do. You want to protect them and help them see the beauty that life brings. If you have more than one child you know that sibling rivalry is just a normal event that happens daily. My kids want to tell each other what to do so much it almost drives me crazy. Sometimes there so good at it, I pause to ask myself if I’m actually in charge.
Our oldest is 9. He’s starting to emerge into a young man who is making great choices, most days. He’s not perfect, but he sure is proving to me that he can think for himself and lead those closest to him in a way that really brings value to them. That isn’t normal for a 9 year old. Shoot, that’s not normal for an adult. Recently, I noticed something though about myself that made me realize how I could help him as he struggles to tell others what to do. He means well, but the way he goes about it reminds me how important it is to show others patience, respect, and kindness during confrontation.
Here’s the great lesson I’m learning. When my kids are doing something that seems wrong the best thing to do is
1. Don’t freak out
2. Lead with questions
If you think about it, Jesus never freaked out. 9 out of 10 times he led with questions. He rarely told people that what they were doing inconvenienced him. He led others with questions. Don’t believe me? Here are 173 questions that Jesus asked when trying to help those following him.
What can we learn from this? Why should a parent not freak out and lead with questions? Jesus wanted his disciples to think for themselves. Isn’t that what we want for our kids? My fault as a parent is that most times I want to tell them what to do way before I tell them how to make it better. I get caught up in the moment when things get heated and I want to explain to them how disappointed I am or how frustrating it is to see them argue or fight.
This isn’t easy but it’s possible! Here are a couple questions I find helpful when leading my kids through confrontation…
1. Let’s THINK: Is what you are doing right now Truthful, Helpful, Inspiring, Necessary, or Kind
2. What do you think the Bible says about this behavior?
3. I love you so much. Do you think that if I treated you the way you are treating your brother you would like that?
What about you? Do you think this is helpful?