It was at an event. There were several couples and we didn’t know anyone. At a break in our session a nearby gentleman is meeting us for the first time. After the usual name exchange, comes the next we-haven’t-yet-met question:
”So, what do you do?”
Without any hesitation, Dirk answers, “We’ve raised seven children together. That’s what we’ve been doing for the last several years”.
My buttons busted…I was so darn proud of my man!
(The conversation then centered around both families. We never did learn what the other couple did as “jobs”) :)
You see? Dirk is a first generation Christ-following father. He is a curse-breaker. A pioneer.
His passion for teaching “the H word” – Heritage to our children rose from a deep desire and conviction to pass on to them what he learned when he was a teen:
God loved him and saved him from himself. How could he do anything less than give God his whole heart?
From the time our children were born, from Erin to Jacob, and still today, Dirk’s number one goal in his life has been to pass on the knowledge of that saving Love and power to his own children.
And connected to that Love, all the things that go hand-in-hand with that….building our home, living in the country, taking them regularly to church, being involved in their lives….are things that he is also passionate about.
So, when he talked endlessly of heritage and the whys and hows…..and they were too young to grasp what he was even speaking of….they did seem to understand his passion. (even if their eyes glazed over). :)
No, he’s not perfect. He’ll be the first to tell you we made plenty of mistakes and bad judgments in our parenting (and we’re still not finished). But, we’ve worked hard at teaching our children the number one important thing to us: a heritage of Judeo-Christian values, and a heart given fully to Christ.
Are you a first generation, pioneer Christ follower?