Iâ€™ve always wanted to build a treehouse. Itâ€™s one of those things that stuck in my brain when I first saw the Disney movie, â€œSwiss Family Robinsonâ€ and it never really left.
I made a few attempts over my childhood years, but thereâ€™s not much of consequence a seven year old is going to come up with on his own. Most were destroyed at the first puff of wind over two MPH. Nevertheless, the dream never left me.
Recently that dream has resurfaced in conjunction with another goal that I haveâ€”theÂ quest to be a father who is â€˜presentâ€™ for his kidsâ€”really presentâ€”not just a bread winner who sleeps in the same house. As a pastor of a large church Iâ€™ve seen my share of disintegrating families due to dad chasing his dreams at everyone elseâ€™s expense.
It isnâ€™t pretty.
Itâ€™s amazing how the â€œfather woundâ€ as John Eldridge calls it in his bestseller, â€œWild at Heartâ€ can stay with kids well into their adult years.
Well, I determined before I ever had kids that it would be different for the Singleton family. And I can tell you that God blesses tremendously when your priorities are in the right place. My very best friends in the world are my wife and kids. They are a Ephesians 3:20 family! <â€” Look it up. And recently I decided to resurrect the old â€œTree houseâ€ dream.
But I needed help. And boy did God bring it! Iâ€™ll tell you tomorrow how and I think youâ€™ll agree that God has a sense of humor!
In the meantime, Iâ€™d love to hear from some of you. What great ideas do you have for spending quality time with your children and (most importantly) pointing the way to Jesus? Leave a comment below and letâ€™s share with each other and learn from each other!
Donâ€™t forget, Brookiesâ€”THIS weekend is our grand opening at Southbrook Weddington and the start of our â€œVintage Jesusâ€ series. If you donâ€™t invite everyone you know, I canâ€™t stop the weeping and gnashing of teeth youâ€™re sure to endure!
Use this E-Vite HERE for an easy way to invite.