…at today's breakfast at Lititz Christian, Eric Lewis, the spiritual life teacher, challenged all the dads in attendance to invest in our children. This investment not only means a financial one, but more importantly, one of love, energy and time. Pressures at work, family finances, and disagreements with wives and/or girlfriends, can negatively impact their daily lives, which can lead to harm in their family unit. As I looked around the social hall at the 25 or so dads who gathered with their children at 6:45 AM, I couldn’t help but reflect on how hard it is to be a dad in 2015…
…the Elementary principle at Lititz Christian is going through a hard time right now. She is courageously battling a disease that strikes with no rhyme or reason. Last week, the student body visited her at her house, spewing warm, happy thoughts from their hearts and into hers. Her students were giving back to her something that she gave to them over the years – time, respect and kindness...
…a year ago, before being diagnosed, she began giving back – to society. This life-long educator courageously started the wheels in motion that brought an All Pro Dad (http://www.allprodad.com) chapter to the Lititz Christian School. She understood that dads need to meet with other dads and their children in an informal, social setting that stresses the importance of being a father. These monthly gatherings - breakfast, prayer, short devotional and give-a-ways – take up just 45 minutes. But at the end of them, just like at Disney World, I see kids getting high-fives from their dads when its over as well as other kids running off to school with big smiles knowing that their dad loves them…
…I love community service and throughout my life, I have tried to give back where I can. I have been the chairman of numerous town events, volunteered at church, and lent my time to organizations in varying capacities. It is said that when a man is of working age (20-60), he only seems to want to be known by the money they made or the job titles that they held. However, near the end of their lives, they want to be known by their families that they raised, the amount of service they gave their community or the legacy they are leaving. It’s time that I put my experiences and relationships to work in order to make an investment into the current and next generation's lives. It's becoming apparent to me that I must step up my public service commitment to another level. Sherry has taught me that the next generation depends on this generation to make an impact on them. And for that, I say "Thank You Sherry."
Believe.Act.Serve, like Jesus did.
Reedy is (getting ready)