Summary: We need to not only survive, but thrive as parents during the summer and all year long.
The Parent’s Guide To Surviving Summer Break
June 15, 2008 FATHER’S DAY Chester FBC Dr. Mike Fogerson
A "I’m Watching You Dad" Video (SermonSpice.com)
B Tonight, 40% of all American children will to sleep in a house in which their fathers do not live.
1 Before the age of 18, more than 50% of our children will spend a significant portion of their childhood living apart from their fathers.
2 A generation ago, an American child could reasonably expect to grow up with a dad. Today, an American child can reasonably expect not to.
3 Stop worrying about spotted-owl, whales, seals . . . The Father who lives at home is a rarer species than any of those!
1 Authorship (David or Solomon)
a Both were fathers.
b Both had children that didn’t always do the right thing . . . got on their nerves.
2 In this short chapter, I believe there are tips to not only surviving Summer Break but also tips on how to be thriving as a father, mother.
C Let’s look at two tips that can help us survive the summer and thrive the rest of the year as parents.
I The first tip for parents to survive summer break is . . .Balance, Balance, Balance.
A David & Solomon knew of the enormous responsibility of having people depending on them. (Millions, kingdom, feed, protected)
1 They were charged as kings to provide for their folks.
a Built homes, cities, walls, infrastructure, temple (Solomon.)
b Some of the greatest structures of antiquity.
2 They knew that whatever they built had to be protected.
a (cf. Neh. 4.17-18) Rebuilding of the walls of Zion. (Trowel in hand/ sword on side)
b The fathers (David/Solomon) would put watchmen on the walls to . . .
aa Sound the alarm when strangers/enemy approached the city.
bb Kept watch and they prayed.
3 Like all good dads, they knew about hard work (Stay late, go in early)
a The secret of their success WAS NOT on being good builders, planners, protectors, providers, or hard workers.
b The secret of their success WAS balance!
c Building house, Protecting, Hard Work . . . ARE GOOD THINGS, but w/o God they are all hallow. ( . . . in vain. . .)
B We have been conned into thinking that if we have a nice house, provide for our family, work long hours that we are successful/prosperous. WRONG!
1 We can have all these things but if we do not have God’s blessing then it’s all in vain.
a vain means worthless, empty, failure. (Gain the whole world and loss your soul?)
b Cromwell said, "Trust God and keep your powder dry." BALANCE
aa There is nothing wrong with hard work, planning, nice things.
bb If God is not in our hard work, planning, nice things . . . in vain.
c Work while trusting God, and also rest while trusting Him.
2 We must focus all that we are/turn ourselves over into loving God and it is then that the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.
a God will even bless that person in their sleep!
b Then building our home, protecting our family, working hard becomes a ministry unto God.
c We may grow tired in doing the Lord’s work but we’ll not grow tired of doing it!