Being a Christian in today's world is very hard. But do not let that scare you, anything worthwhile is worth working for. Being a Christian can be hard but it can also be fun. That is my objective, through my own stories, stories of my friends and a lot of plagiarism (Just kidding, only a little plagiarism.), I am going to show that you can be a Christian and still have fun!

the most wasted of all days is one without
laughter - e e cummings

Friday, August 26, 2005

  Are you more important than a bird?

First you take two Starburst Tropical Punch Chews and very carefully unwrap them. Now take a mini marshmallow and put it between the two candies. What do you have? A candy sandwich, of course . How do I know? My three-year-old told me.

Zach: "Dad, you want one?"

me: "No thanks, buddy."

Zach: (In his little three year old voice.) "They are good."

me: "Thanks man, but I am not hungry right now. By the way, what is it?"

Zach: "It is a candy sandwich. Do you want one? They are good." (Same cute little three year old voice.)

me: "Not right now, bud."

Zach: "They will make your feet feel good."

me: (With a stupid look on my face.) "What?"

Zach: "They will make your feet feel good."

me: "Make my feet feel good?"

Zach: "Yeah from the mosquito bites."

See we had just came in from outside and were eaten up by mosquitoes.

I just look at him with that proud-to-be-a-dad-smile, and say, "Dude, no thanks but that is a great idea."

He just smiles and looks up at me and says, "I have another great idea."

Let me stop here and say, Zach is not the smartest three-year-old in the world but he is much smarter than I ever was at that age. So this whole conversation is just amazing to me. Alright back to the story.

By now it is dark outside and it has started raining, lightning and thundering. Zach doesn't like lightning much.

"So what is your idea, son?"

"We could get a spaceship and fly up into the air."

me: "A base hit?"

"No dad, a spaceship."

me: "A class trip?"

"Dad, I said a spaceship."

me: "Oh, a spaceship. Gotcha." Sorry but some times a three year old is hard to understand.

"We can take the spaceship and fly up around the clouds and go from Sheck's house (Zach's best friend) to Hunter's friends house, to the church and back home and push all of the clouds away. And then the lightning and thunder will be gone. That's a good idea, huh dad?"

"That is an awesome idea, boy!" As I picked him up and gave him a hug.

"So dad, do you want a candy sandwich? They are good."

"Sure man, Ill try one."

You know what, those thing were pretty good, but I think the cherry ones would have been better.

I was just wondering how many of these type converations I missed while I was traveling. I know the traveling was part of my job. But was having a job that kept me from my family worth having at all? I work so I can take care of my family. But because of work I was missing my family. This is where God stepped in. He knew my needs and took care of me. I now have a job where I am home everyday and weekend. I am reminded of Luke12:24, "Look at the ravens, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, carefree in the care of God. And you count far more." From the Message Bible. God will take care of you too.

Are you more more important than a bird?

The Bible says you are!

Are you more important than a bird?


At 1:34 PM, Blogger Hikingalong said...

Thank you for making my day a little lighter. I had a rough day at work today, as you'll see from my blog, and I really needed this! Thank your little one, too! I think I'll go home tonight and have a candy sandwich! God bless you with His abundant blessings of love, grace, mercy, and the ability to see the little gifts He gives us daily in life.

At 6:29 PM, Blogger Layla said...

This was so heartwarming to read. I could see the face of my boy when he was only three and how innocent and open and amazing little kids are. You're a good dad, Joe! Your kids and wife are so blessed to have you back at home. I hope my son comes home from the YMCA soon, I miss him all of a sudden and want to give him a big hug (he's taller than me now but still lets me be a hugger)

At 7:10 PM, Blogger Eddy said...

You know... God loves idiots, but is that how he either 1. wants us to see ourselves or 2. sees us this way?

At 8:23 PM, Blogger Ron said...

Such a powerful story! It touched me, as I am transitioning from one source of income to another, and I may be impacted by being away from the family. I do know that those times are so important not only to my sons, but to God as well. Thank you for sharing that special moment with us. God Bless You!

At 8:51 PM, Blogger Cristie said...

Hey will you please put this child and her family in your prayers please. She is my dads friend's daughter, she has been missing since the 20th. Heather Street. Thanks.
Long link I know, sorry

At 11:44 AM, Blogger Juliet said...

Aren't children the greatest? They are just a wonderful creation. What a brilliant idea with the spaceship. Although I wouldn't have tried the candy sandwich though.

Thank you for visiting my blog. I am enjoying reading yours and if you don't mind I'm gonna stick you on my list of places I visit.

At 12:42 PM, Blogger Gina Burgess said...

What a delightful story! I love it it!

At 12:02 AM, Blogger steve said...

love it Joe!!

I woulda been ALL OVER that sandwich!

At 5:57 PM, Blogger Bill and Glory said...


LOL...spaceship...that was classic! Our 2 1/2 year-old has a little less patience than your son and get's very exasperated with us when we can't understand toddler-ese.

I wish I was 3 years old again, sometimes.


At 6:24 PM, Blogger Joe said...

Sell the idea to McDonalds! I can see it now: McSmores!

At 8:34 PM, Blogger Ron said...

Hey Joe,

Just started a conversation about repentance on my blog. Would love for you and others to join the discussion.

At 8:37 PM, Blogger prying1 said...

Only thing that candy sandwich needs is chocolate - Smother it in Hersheys syrup and I'll have one...

At 9:55 AM, Blogger Peaceful Selah said...

Hi Joe, I'm sorry it's taken me so long to get back to you... Congrats on the championships! They are always sweeter if you can win the title more than once - you know it was more than just luck!

Oh, I didn't understand what you meant about adding something... Please try again - and I'll get back to you sooner! ~smile~

At 11:02 AM, Blogger Peaceful Selah said...

Oh, thanks so much! I'm glad to see it was a blessing to you! :-)

At 6:42 PM, Blogger TaraMetBlog said...

I want to make a candy sandwich! :)

At 3:36 PM, Blogger Maria del Carmen said...

Yes, I like that Bible verse. Basically, we should have no worries. If God takes care of the birdies (and they sure don't worry much), then how much more will he take care of us who are worth more than birds?

I think instead of worrying we should make candy sandwiches and trust God.

At 2:46 PM, Blogger makuahine said...

Your son is absolutely adorable. And thanks for the inspiration as well. :)

At 10:36 PM, Blogger dotbar said...

That is so sweet! Hey, I have an idea. Why don't I have YOUR life? Mine seems a bit too complicated these days.


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