Monday Musings – May 4, 2015

Dear Friends,

I hate to be away on Mother’s Day.  I have a Mother’s Day wedding at the same outdoor venue near Portland where our daughter Kelsey was married last August.  Occasionally I get asked to officiate at weddings for children I knew in previous churches.  That’s the case here.  Your preacher will be Bruce Swanson, well known in our community as an outstanding speaker and for his expertise in marriage and family.  You’ll hear a great Mother’s Day sermon.  And you’ll want to come this Wednesday also as Bruce will be with us (6:45 to 8 pm in the GPS Building) to talk about the importance of small groups in a growing church.

I have a fantastic mother.  My father passed away two years ago tomorrow.  Every day I thank God for him.  But I was blessed as I know a lot of people are not with two parents, both of whom could not have done a better job raising me, my sister, and my brother.

The funny thing is that people like me with great parents have an advantage in life, but in a strange way people with parents who weren’t so great can also have an advantage.  We model our parents.  Either we see in them qualities we want to emulate and we do our best to become like them or we see in them qualities we want to avoid and we do our best to become unlike them.

There’s a story about twin boys who grew up in a horribly dysfunctional family.  They had parents who did everything wrong.  These boys suffered terribly for it. They bore the scars for the rest of their lives.  One of them ended up in prison.  The other became a successful businessman and a respected and beloved leader in his community.  How could these identical twins with the same mom and dad have taken such different paths in life?  When asked, they both said the same thing:  “With parents like I had, how could I have turned out otherwise?”

Happy early Mothers Day to all you mothers and women!  And to the fathers and the men, let’s make sure they know how much we love them.

In Christ,

John

PS Here’s my mom.  Also my dad and me.

Mother (427x640)Dad & Me (640x426)