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   I am sitting at home, finally. It seems like when I’m away, I can’t get back quick enough. You see, I had to go to a school in Atlanta this past week. Angie went with me and that did make things better. But the children stayed behind and so did our home and our place. As far back as I can remember, my Dad used the term “place” when he talked about where someone lived. He’d say, “They sure have a nice place”.

  Well, this week, I remembered my place. I constantly thought of my home and of the girls. It’s been stated that home is where the heart is. I suppose that’s true. My instructor in Atlanta, Steve Haskett, is a man of constant travel. He goes all over the world, for his company, teaching classes on the repair of his company’s equipment. His family lives in Georgia and he loves coming home to them. It is his place, even though he’s gone a lot.

    I tried to put myself in that position and found a hard time of it. I suppose that I’m a little over emotional about being home and being with my family. If the children and Angie were not here, it would obviously not be the same. This same “place” would not be home anymore. But I have made a connection with the place itself. I have connected with the soil and the plants and the animals. I know when a new leaf comes on the fig tree and when Reuben (the ram) is limping. Whenever the roses bloom or the tomatoes are turning pink, I see it. But I know what is going on with my family, too.

   You see, if Olivia is unusually quiet or of if there is tension in the house -I know it. If Haley comes home in a different mood, I know that something has happened during her day. And we talk. Since we don’t revolve our evenings around television or go to our bedrooms and do our own things, we can talk. In this era of communication, it seems that we have less communication than ever before in history. We, as a culture are so out of touch with our families, that twice in the past 2 years, parents left babies in a vehicle at work and their infants died in the heat. I wondered, did they not talk to their children while they commuted?

   Dads, you must know what’s going on in your home. If your teenager is locked in a room at night, do you know what’s going on behind closed doors? How many times have you heard of families being shocked at news of a pregnant daughter or a son whose been arrested for drugs or alcohol.

   Now, let’s get back to what I began on. I just love the place that the Lord has given us. I love the shape of the land. I love how it produces when God touches it. And I love taking care of it.

   Your family is your place. It’s the garden that the Lord has blessed you with. It produces fruit, both good and bad. And it must be maintained. If Angie and I only went to the garden once a week, we could easily lose everything that we’d planted. We’ve learned from experience to constantly battle bugs and weeds. We go at least twice a day, often many times a day, to see what’s happening.

   You need to keep constant watch on your family. Watch emotions. Watch errors. Watch the focus to see if it’s still on target.  It is so easy to get sidetracked. Your children can have so many issues to deal with today. They literally handle decisions that are life changing on a daily basis. You, Dad, are the head of your home- Not the tyrant or dictator that runs it. But the one that God holds responsible. How responsible can you be if you spend your time on the golf course, on the river fishing or sitting in front of a ballgame?

   I know that we need recreation and a little time away sometimes. Even our Lord went away with His disciples every now and then. But He focused on His place. He was consumed by His mission. He was serious about finishing.

    Dads, don’t relax your focus on your family. You stand, not only in the gap for your children, but also for your grandchildren and great grandchildren. The decisions that you make now have eternal consequences. Focus on the outcome of your children’s lives. Set the course for your family and stay the course. Build on Him.

  Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh [but] in vain. Psalm 127:1 


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Philippians 3:13-14 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

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