Last Saturday was the last volunteer day at the AIDS Grove. It struck me as we planted a new memorial together that our family has been serving alongside this group of people since Everett was Asher's age—three years. I am so grateful for the way I've seen this physical labor we do regularly together form Everett as a hardworking helper. When we visited my grandfather's farm in rural Missouri, Everett helped my dad and grandpa load and unload a full pickup bed full of firewood, among other things. Everett told my dad that he learned to work hard like that at the AIDS Grove.
Invitation: Sometimes I'm better at modeling a life of formation for my kids than I am at inviting them into one (or even following their lead). Where can we invite kids--our own and our friends'--into practices that will shape them, and us, to be more like Jesus?