Hey faithful readers, sorry for the week off there. Things got a bit out of hand, I guess.
Anyway, the Thirsty conference has come and gone, the Rangers were defeated by Buffalo, the Knicks never made it to the playoffs at all, and the Yankees have re-signed Roger Clemens. Wow.
Tonight, I’m a bit more pensive than usual. I’m alone in the house – at least in the downstairs portion. My kids are all upstairs asleep. And where’s my loving wife this evening? She’s out enjoying her birthday present: a night and day away from our children, at Six Flags Great Adventure with a good friend. Nice, right? Yeah. I’m the man. Call it payback for me always leaving her home when I travel.
So tonight I was on my own with the three savages and it’s really made me think about how blessed I am. Jen’s always home when the kids go to sleep so we’re usually tucking them in together. Tonight I prayed for each one of them, looked them in the eyes and smiled at them and told them I loved them, kissed them on the head and turned out the lights. I walked past their rooms again just now – three little bodies breathing heavily in three little beds. I guess I should be past this by now, but sometimes it still blows my mind that I’m a dad.
I walk in the house and these two little blonde monsters run over and attach themselves to my leg and all of a sudden all my troubles take a vacation. Timmy gives me one of those goofy toothless grins and instantly I’m the man I want to be. Other times I have to beat back those times of trouble with a bat so I can focus on my familiy without being one of those distracted dads that only pays half attention. And still other times, I fail altogether and they see my sinful nature rear it’s head and I’m crushed by guilt and worried that they’ll learn how to be a jerk by watching me.
All in all though, this whole family thing is amazing. A huge challenge and a great responsibility, but really really a cool thing.
We’ve been talking about family stuff at True North these last couple of weeks – at least in the morning services. This past week’s message yielded a lot of really good feedback, and I’m getting the idea that families really appreciated the straight talk on sex and being servants to one another.
A small addendum to this past Sunday’s message for any to whom this might be helpful – if I was describing you on Sunday when I talked about supplementing your marital sex life with an extramarital one via the computer, maybe this little piece of software might be of help to you.
It’s called X3 Watch. I run it on my laptop and home computers and so does Pastor Mike and a lot of other guys in ministry. It’s a small application that runs in the background of your computer (don’t worry, doesn’t slow it down at all), which monitors the sites you visit. You choose 2 accountability partners and type in their email addresses. If you visit a questionable site, your partner gets an email. Your partner also gets an email if you somehow disable or uninstall the program, so once you set it up, it’s a really great tool for accountability.
I’ve got a whole network of guys that are using this software and I gotta tell you, it’s awesome to know that there are people who will keep me accountable if I screw up.
The software is free. Click here. Install it today ya’ll.
It is clearly The Right Thing.
And I’m out.
ps – Pastor Mike’s ordination is this Saturday at 11 at the church. Being there is the Right Thing.
pps – Looking for some more in-depth help with a pornography problem? Check out the makers of the X3 software at www.xxxchurch.com