First off, Happy Fathers Day to all the dads out there! I know I am thankful for mine. Building those stairs recently reminded me of the many skills I only have thanks to time working with and watching him. Take some time to thank your dad for all those things he’s done for you.
Several dads at Fellowship Memphis received gifts this morning. One in particular echoed the truth of our changing world. For the dad with the most girls, a $50 gift card to Best Buy. A chance to escape from the world of “Ken and Barbie” with, say, an “Xbox game”. There is a sad truth hidden in those words that speaks to a media culture. It wasn’t that long ago that dad’s escape would have been an act of creation and construction. Cultivating a garden, working on a car, building furniture… the garage was his refuge. Well, there was also the golf course or a good book.
Anyway, this has me trying to spend more time creating, constructing and cultivating than I do consuming. I certainly don’t know about completely giving up these recent forms of entertainment, but it might be a good time to initiate new ones from a previous era.
What will you create this week? What time can you take from the television, DVD player, or Xbox to build, tinker and cultivate?