I’ll spare you the “In these unprecedented times” and “Pivot” clichés that have pervaded the internet since the Covid-19 pandemic and just jump right in with a message for my fellow dads out there:
IF YOU FORGET MOTHER’S DAY THIS YEAR, YOU NEED TO CHECK YOURSELF.
Fellas, I know the days are running together right now. Our lives are roller coasters right now in so many different areas, from professional stress to home stress and just mental fatigue. So many parts of our world are counting on us and, for me at least, it’s been mentally and emotionally draining. Clay Scroggins’s message to the North Point Community Church on addressed the grief that the pandemic is causing in people’s lives, the heaviness on our mental health, and the shame spiral of feeling bad about feeling bad. He worked through Psalm 13, which starts with an excruciating and incredibly appropriate question for our current climate.
How long will you forget me, Lord? Forever? How long will you look the other way when I am in need? How long must I be hiding daily anguish in my heart?
I cried because I felt like David could’ve been screaming that out yesterday. Take a minute and listen to the message if you have a minute.
Dads, part of the gift that God has given you to sustain you through this pandemic is your wife.
I don’t know how my wife, Sarah, has done it in our house. She’s worked her tail off to become an overnight Kindergarten teacher and somehow made sure the 3-year-old is still entertained and cared for. Those were flaming swords thrown into a controlled juggle that is already working full-time and being a wife and mom. Did I mention she picked up another client last week and made an amazing pasta carbonara last night?
You’ve probably got stories like that about your wife too. Has she made life perfect? Of course not (sorry if you’re reading this honey. But I have seen how God has shown his sustaining love and providence for me through my wife during the past few months perhaps stronger than ever.
I get it, keeping track of the calendar is tough right now, but guys, WE CAN’T SCREW THIS UP.
Sunday, May 10, 2020. Make a calendar reminder, tie a bow around your finger, anything.