“How Did it Get so Late so Soon?”

Last night, I watched the  2013 class at Veritas Academy graduate.  It was an evening of mixed emotions – a audience filled with tear-streaked smiling faces.  It seems like such a short while ago that these graduates were children – dressing dolls, climbing trees, and  playing “catch me” at recess.   Their short season of growing up under the daily guidance and supervision of their parents is about to end. As Dr. Seuss said,” how did it get so late so soon?” From birth to adulthood, parenting involves a tension between holding on and letting go.  When I hold my newest granddaughter Alma  in my arms, it feels like light years before she will head off to school.  Yet, when  I watch Joey my oldest grandson play soccer, I marvel that he is already old enough to try out for sport teams. Last night, I could not help but ponder in hindsight how quickly these years have flown by. The young men and women who crossed the stage to receive their diplomas had changed and grown up before my eyes.  All along the way, their parents have deeply yearned for them to grow up well.  But it’s not just their children who did the growing.  I am proud of the parents of the class of 2013!  They have grown along side their graduates!  I am confident that their advise today to parents of younger children would include: “make the most of your time while you still have them around on a daily basis!” How we respond to life’s challenges, and what we order our daily lives by,  provides our children...

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As the Family Ministries Director at Veritas Academy, I meet with mommies every day!  I celebrate as well as agonize with them. I listen to them and pray with them.  The typical mom I see today is uniquely different from the mom I worked with even a decade ago, and the differences both invigorate and challenge me. I have worked with moms and dads since the 1980’s in all sorts of settings.  While the culture has vastly changed in these 30 years, and morality is no longer a commonly shared pursuit, a genuine desire to seek after something real and powerfully lasting is taking place in the hearts of Christian moms and dads everywhere I go.  They are tired of being passive.  They are tired of watching Christian families and their children become indistinguishable from those outside the faith.  While they strive to protect their children’s innocence, they comprehend that to become men and women, children must embrace purity, which can only be attained through determined integrity, and maintained with upright, developed character.  They know that a holy heart, and not an intellectual mind, is the benchmark of truth.  They are driven by something far more magnificent than the best that life here on earth can offer.  They believe that the best is yet to come. At the same time, these parents experience considerable fears that work to contradict their noble aspirations.  They are confused about how to disciple and educate their children well in today’s culture.   Their families face an unprecedented, continuous, onslaught of influence via communication technologies.   They walk out their role as parents during a deeply...