Thursday, November 13, 2014

proud of these kids

What I am sharing today is kind of personal, but I am sure you don’t mind.  There are a few people that I’d like to draw your attention to.

Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else.

This morning I have the honor of traveling with over 130 teenagers and another 40 or more adults to Indianapolis, Indiana for a marching band competition.  This performance will be the last of their season, this group of students and their leaders have worked very hard to get to this place.

By the way, two of my children are in this marching.  The oldest is a senior, and she is in the color guard.  Our middle child is a junior and plays the clarinet.  I am super proud of them both.  To be in the Bassett High School marching band means that you have not only worked hard but you have chosen to be part of a great group of people.

What makes marching band so special?  This takes a commitment and tons of self-discipline.  Some of these students I didn’t think could make it this far.  Others of them I knew they had it.  My kids aren’t the most active in the bunch, but they have worked very hard.  They haven’t stopped.

What makes this group strong?  They also have many committed leaders as well as lots of parents who ready to support them and help lift them to the next level.  It is expensive.  It is hard work.  It is fun, too. 

Whether I walk on the field to help (which I have done in previous years) or sit in the stands to watch and cheer them on, this dad and marching band booster is proud of this group of students.

My kids are worth taking time away from work, spending extra money and helping them be their best.  By being a parent who supports their kids we will make a difference in their lives.  Yes, we take our kids to church and teach them Biblical truth.  Our kids have to know that we are with them. 

I may not be the best.  I may work lots of hours and even love my job, but the older I get the more our three kids mean to me.  Honestly, I’d like my kids to know that I love God and work hard as a minister of the Gospel.  It is even more important that my kids know that I love them and show that with my time, effort and more that costs me much more than money.

3 John 1:4  NLT
I could have no greater joy than to hear that my children are following the truth.

These kids, not just my two in the group, are awesome, and I cannot wait to be part of one more step of their success.  Go Rebecca!!!  Go Ruth!!!  Go Bassett High School Marching Bengals!!!

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