Greetings and welcome to Coffee and Conversation #162!
I am often so enlightened by my children, but recently child #4 was especially inspiring.
I have a budding thespian who eats, breathes and lives all things theatre. He’s especially into musicals these days.
Recently, he was studying for his statistics class, and as I wrote in the other room, I stopped to pay attention to the music he was listening to as he worked.
His latest (musical) interest is The Man of La Mancha. And I noticed that he had “The Impossible Dream” on replay.
Now I have lots of childhood memories from that show. My dad had an old vinyl album that he played on Sunday afternoons on the record player in our dining room. My mom, who’d lived and worked in Colombia (the country) prior to their marriage, had a lovely, hand-carved set of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza that I used to secretly play with when they weren’t looking.
So I casually mentioned that I liked his musical selection (ok, actually, he may have “caught” me humming it) and that started the coolest conversation…
This is the son whom we nicknamed “pastor” when he was a youngster, ’cause he would point out the absolute neatest observations from Scripture after church on Sundays. Or share a terrifically advanced-for-his-age observation from a Wednesday night youth sermon. And at this point, after my comment, he began to describe analogies to Jesus’ life that he saw in the life of Don Quixote. Whaaat?
Now, before you start thinking that this was a Jesus juke, I have to point out that there was absolutely no tone of superiority coming from him…just total excitement about this discovery. Pure pleasure that he could find, even in something in no shape or form intended for spiritual education, a hint to the Truth that guides his own young life.
I was happy to hear that he had given such thought to this. Gratified and a little in awe that he was able to find Jesus in something secular that obviously brought him great joy. Encouraged and reminded that yes, God is in all things, even when we’re not conscious of Him…even when we’re not actively looking for Him.
And that reminder – that God is in all things – helped me tonight as I listened to the news of yet another impending hurricane. And as I pondered the challenges other children of ours are facing. And as I considered the struggles and unfair (to me, at least) battles that some friends of mine are in the midst of. I often find myself wondering “Why?” as if I could ever get my mind around the answer, even should the Lord decide to respond to that inquiry.
And so as a parent I’ve decided that rather than spin my wheels asking “Why?”, I will instead spend that effort to encourage my kids to do the impossible. To reach for that star, no matter how far, and be a force that can change the world for good.
To fight for the right
Without question or pause
To be willing to march into hell for a heavenly cause
And I know if I’ll only be true
To this glorious quest
That my heart will lie peaceful and calm
When I’m laid to my rest
So here’s to inspiring, and being inspired. Here’s to encouraging our kids, friends, our spouses and family to be true to the unique and individual quest that each of us are on.
Here’s to reaching the impossible dream!
What are your impossible dreams? And just as important, do you know your children’s? Your spouse’s? Put aside some time this week to get a conversation going and dig in…
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