As people we all have our opinions about just about everything! So what happens when people we care about have a different opinion then ours about some very important issues? Do we just walk away and say you think what you think and I will think what I think? Does that solve anything? What are the motives behind the opinions? What is truly at the heart of the issue? Do we ever really find out before we make a judgement call? I know that I have been guilty of this more often than not…have you?
We have a situation like this right now. We know that the reason for the youth trip to Florida is so that the precious people, who love my son, can be there to support him in his great achievement of making it to Nationals (see previous post)! We are very proud of this and want to do everything we can to support him. But we do question going into a financial bind in order to do this. Our youth pastors are wonderful and are doing a fabulous job with our youth. They desire to be at Nationals to support Kevin. They want the whole youth group to be able to go. That is the sweetest thing, but is it the best? The difference of opinion isn’t that they shouldn’t “support” Kevin, they should, but does it have to be a youth event that only a couple of the youth will get to participate in? Charlie and I both have no problem with them going , just don’t call it a youth function when, in all likelyhood, only a couple of youth will get to go, (not even Kelly, his sister, is going to be able to go…)
Charlie has already got everything set up for him and Kevin to go, the flight, hotel, registration are all taken care of now. (So much for our tax refund…) They are looking forward to not only the competition but also the father/son time they get to spend together for the week. Kevin graduates this year from high school and has started the process to join the Marines (sigh, eyes to heaven, begging God for his protection). The time they will have there is precious.
For the record Charlie and I don’t want to cause division and truth be known we would rather that this had never even come up…but it has. I am totally in agreement with Charlie on this. This has caused us to reflect on some things, reevaluating and praying. The seasons of our life seem to be going by so quickly, sometimes we come full circle, no most times we come full circle. Time to face some things that we left undone, I think.