A few years ago I saw a “horror” movie. You might not call it that, but I do. It was a movie called “Hook.” Robin Williams starred in this Peter Pan remake. Why would I classify it with the horror genre? Let me explain. Peter is a high power businessman. He’s making deals and making money…at the expense of his family. He makes promises to his kids that he is not keeping and it is brewing a family situation of bitterness from his son in particular.
In one scene, the family is in England. Peter is on the phone trying to keep a business deal from falling apart and his kids, being kids, are loud as they play. In desperation, he yells at the kids. At that, his wife grabs his cell phone and throws it out the window into the snow. He’s shocked. She gets in his face and says the following words. “We only have our kids for a short time. Right now they are trying to get your attention. Soon we’ll be trying to get theirs and you’re not being careful.” Those words are horrifying to a parent. They were to me. Am I being careful with my kids? Am I giving them the time they need?
Know well the condition of your flocks, And pay attention to your herds; is found in Proverbs 27:23. People use this passage referring to money and investments because livestock was the currency in that day, but it is also about relationships. Do you know what’s going on in your “herd”, your family? That “horror” movie helped me to be a better dad. Have you seen any flicks lately that will motivate you to be a better…something?