Many years ago a friend of mine went to a spring training game to see the Baltimore Orioles practice. His main goal was to get the autograph of legendary baseball player Cal Ripken.  During the game, Ripken fielded a ground ball then overthrew first base–a fairly common mistake (I would assume) for a third baseman…especially during spring training. After the game, my friend made his way down to the the field to hopefully get an autograph. As he got to the dugout he noticed that Ripken had gone back out on the field, made some marks in the dirt, then had a ball boy hit him some grounders and he threw to first base for 45 minutes!

We live in a quick-fix world. If we can’t get it done fast then it’s not worth it. We have apps on our phones to help us save time and get things done quickly. Sometimes that works; but there are some things that just can’t be outsourced. Like Cal Ripken demonstrated, sometimes we have to put in some good old fashioned hard work. Parenting is one of those things.

Our goal as parents is to prepare our children for the real world. However, the rush and demands of life keep us from being intentional about our parenting. Yet parents are the primary voice in a child’s world–even among teenagers. So we must find ways to be intentional about the things we say and teach our kids. Doug and Cathy Fields have written a study called Intentional Parenting in a Quick-Fix World. This study gives us some concrete ideas on how we can live in a way that helps prepare our kids for everyday situations.

It’s NEVER too early or too late to start being intentional in your parenting.

  • Do you want to see your children display confidence?
  • Do you want to see your children develop character?
  • Do you want to see your children have strong convictions?
  • Do you want to see your children express compassion?
  • Ultimately, do you want to see your children grow up to be competent young adults?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you will find value in a six-week parenting study I’ll be leading this spring on Wednesday nights beginning March 13. If you can’t attend the class, you can also go to and purchase the study and work through it as a couple. To help us plan, we’d love for you to register for the class right here.

I’ll see you on Wednesday!

Pastor Robert

Intentional Parenting