We are being watched. The "we" is the adult world. We have three great children that are making life's journey with my wife and I. Their eyes and ears are always on us.
I took my 4 year old to a football game yesterday. He had a blast. When we left for the game it was very early and I had an issue with a customer so I had to talk on the phone for 20 minutes of our 45 minute drive to meet with other friends. I realized after my phone conversation that my son was lonely and he was sad because I had been talking through a customers problem and not paying attention to his needs. His desire was to talk to his dad.
I could see his face in my rear view mirror and it was very down. I quickly apologized and asked him to forgive me. I explained that today was our day and I wanted him to share all of his thoughts and ideas about the big game. When we arrived at the tailgate there were a lot of adults and two other boys his age there. After the car ride I realized I really wanted it to be his day to enjoy. I spent the majority of the tailgate with the three boys playing monster trucks and superheroes. I have been as guilty of ignoring my children as anyone. We finished the game and he slept the whole way home.
The important thing is the memories were made that day. The generation behind us is actually ahead of us. Gen X needs to realize that they are being watched by Gen Y. Stats show that the majority of Gen Y is skeptical of all institutional religions. I have found that our brood of Gen Ys are very receptive to Jesus and could care less about the programs and ploys of the church machine.
The more I spend focusing on Christ, the more I focus on the people around me.