Understanding the Times…

These are the numbers of the men armed for battle who came to David at Hebron to turn Saul’s kingdom over to him, as the Lord had said…men of Issachar, who understood the times and knew what Israel should do-200 chiefs, with all their relatives under their command; I Chronicles 12:23, 32

Men, do you understand the times at your house? I think I’ve told you before but here’s what’s going on at the Young house… Tim just started high school. Zach just started middle school. Ben started fourth grade and Hannah started Kindergarten.

We now have four children in three different schools. One in a school that’s new to us and two in schools that are new to them. Who knows how many new teachers the kids are adjusting to? So, lot’s of transition in our house… but we’re not finished yet…

Hannah, with much excited anticipation, boarded the school bus for the first time last Tuesday. The biggest transition is with Stacy. Admittedly, I know I don’t fully appreciate the significance of this but Stacy and others are helping me see that one of her primary objectives for the past fourteen years has been to nurture pre-school children in our home.

Nurturing our children is still a major focus but the context has changed significantly. (Stacy commented earlier this week that she wasn’t looking forward to grocery shopping without Hannah because, “She always remembers the things that I forget!”) I may be excited by changes and new opportunities, Stacy approaches change more cautiously.

Why am I telling you all this… because as the spiritual leader in our home, I need to keep my finger on the pulse of our family. I need to be alert and aware of changes and adjustments. In short, I must be like the men of Issachar, I must seek to understand the times and know what our family should do.

Guys, we should all learn to call time out occasionally, evaluate where our family is, consult with our wives and make necessary adjustments. I can tell you that slowing down to do this is tough for me. But, I know it blesses my wife when I pay more attention to the dynamics of our family. I’ll encourage you to be attentive to how your family is doing with fall adjustments. Take initiative to keep your family healthy!




Noble Notes posted on September 16, 2010