To mark our 35th anniversary on July 4th, my husband and I journeyed to Durango, CO to experience the narrow-gauge railroad that loops to Silverton. After that, we did what we normally do in a new place: we followed our noses, our way of saying that we follow any interesting road or conversation to wherever it might lead us.
Thus, the evening of July 4th found us in the tiny town of Mancos, CO sitting in our camp chairs watching the mountain community congregate in the local park for fireworks. Children of all ages were frolicking together on the playground equipment. Over the shouts and the laughter, I picked up the exasperated voice of a wiry little brunette making her way across the gauntlet, “Get outta my way. I’m tryin to save the day, here!”
I laughed out loud and felt my shoulders relax. During a time of intense concern for my nation’s future, her forceful statement was oddly reassuring. I realized that as long as there are those whose primary instinct is to “save the day,” there is hope for my beloved country after all.
Food for thought:
- In your household, is there a family tradition of service – getting your hands dirty to help others?
- Is your student’s automatic response to fix things or do they expect an adult to clear their path?
- Does your child have a Philippians Focus? . . . . whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things.
- Is your kid equipped with the skills to save the day?
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