The Best and Worst  25 Minutes of My Day

Two days ago Josh, our 9 year old son, wanted me to chase and catch him.  It often involved a little tackling, grabbing, the stretching of clothing.  For 25 minutes, I ran.  Honestly, I kept him on the ground often just so I could catch my breath.
Just he and I.  Running.  Catching him (sometimes).  Rolling on the ground. Laughing. Talking smack. Grass stains. Sweat.He loved it. Complete uninterrupted time with dad. No siblings.  No phone.

So many things and even good things: music, sports, homework can rob of us connecting with our children.

I am trying to be the dad he will be one day.   Because I know (and this is scary), he will be a lot like me.

I know time is so valuable. I pray, we all, as moms and dads, remember to make connections with our children regularly. What do you do to connect with your children/teenagers?

What was the worst part?  How sore I was the next day. Totally worth it.  Especially, when he said how much fun it was.

Malachi 4:6, “And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the land with a decree of utter destruction.”

Written by Jonathan


Rev. Jonathan Cronkhite has been serving youth and families for the last 28 years. With the heart of a pastor, he encourages and equips families to have Homes Devoted, through conferences, workshops, coaching, and writing. Married to Carrie for 25 years, they have 5 children, three of whom are young adults. Jonathan enjoys working alongside and discipling his teenage sons and their friends, renovating and flipping homes. He supports Carrie as she leads a home school co-op, and together they practice hospitality and serve in the community.

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