Another day of not very much sleep the night before. Something that most people don’t know about me is I struggle with sleep. I’m not sure if it runs in the Tracy family or not, but I do know that there are quite a few of us that don’t sleep well. Usually when I can’t sleep, I turn on a movie on my DVR or something from Apple TV because, let’s face it, in the middle of the night even the commercials are too racy. Last night I chose the movie “Olympus has Fallen”. This is with Gerard Butler and was a fantastic movie. I will say it’s probably not safe to watch outside of TV as it has a lot of swearing, but in this case, it was recorded off of TV and was really great.
I wanted to come to you today and share a few enlightenments that I have come across these last few days. I went to hear OSU head football coach Urban Meyer speak this week, and he spurred a few thoughts on. My mind has been running with them since. I have felt for so long that we, as a people, get stuck in a rut. We accept average in our lives and the lives of the people we care about. The truth is, average is accepted all over the world in every place we look. We can go into restaurants, work places, and churches, and we will see average at an alarming level.
You may ask, like I did, how can anyone say what average is? Actually, average is an easy thing to explain. It is the median or mean of a group of people. My brother said it in his April 12th teaching from the "On the Rock" series, “You are the average of the 5 people you hang around with the most.” Who do you hang around? Average is a “C” if we take it to school. Average is a person who settles for whatever comes to them. Average is something that people don’t have to work for; it just happens. I could go on and on about what average is, but you get the point. We accept average way too often and with great relief.
Sitting here in my office, I look outside on this awesome day and notice such green grass that was freshly cut. The trees are starting to bud, and the birds are chirping. I just love the sunshine in the spring; it’s so awesome. Of course, this got me thinking about life and what it’s about. I know I don’t have time to just sit and ponder, but I did anyway. Here is the question I want to ask you to think about today.
Have you ever wished you had it as good as someone else? “The grass is always greener…” statement comes to mind in this situation. This has definitely come to my mind lately when our daughter colors with permanent marker on the hard wood floors of our new house, or when one of the kids pees his pants 3 times in one day, or when we get a call from the teacher that our kid slapped the teacher’s aid. Yes, all of those things have recently happened. I definitely get into complain mode to God. “Why didn’t you make it easier to raise kids?” or “Can you please just help them not drive me crazy today?”
I come to you in frustration. I guess, maybe it’s more of a dilemma. I come to you wanting to educate anyone who may have video game lovin’ children. My intent is not to convict you, make you feel bad or even to really talk about a specific game but I truly want you to understand what is actually in some of these games. Especially for young boys (who I have run into the most) as the market is driven by them. The reason this is at the forefront of my heart currently? It has come up with one of my kids asking me to buy him a certain video game that is REALLY popular right now with all of his friends. I know the “ins” and “outs” of video games because I myself have been a gamer for years and really try to keep up on what’s the new thing. Alyssa and I have been known to sit and play Mario games together for hours! Date night baby! We’re really good at it too. Anyway, I keep up on what is out there also because I want to know what my kids are seeing daily, as well as what the culture is seeing.
I was in a meeting the other day when the person I was meeting with asked me a huge question. I’m not even sure how that conversation was going but I vividly remember the question. “How do you deal with your kids being confronted with all of these horrible things in this world and what do you do to prepare them?” Well this is a tough question and I have several things to say about it so I decided to write it down so everyone can get an idea of what Alyssa and I do. Now, hear me out, we are not parenting experts by any means. In fact, so many times we both mess up as parents. Guaranteed. Obviously, it’s up to you to decide what is the best way for to go into this with your family.