I’ll Read Later

When I was a boy, I used to ask my dad to play catch with me on a regular basis. I thought it was a few times a week. Looking back on it, it’s probably more accurate to say it was two or three times a day. As I recall, he never refused me. That was such a blessing to me as a young boy. I’d often give him an out…letting him know we could do it later if he was too busy. He would often say, “I’ll always have time for the other.” It was his way of saying that playing catch with me was something he valued. Now, I’m a dad od two daughters sitting poolside in Palm Springs wanting desperately to tan my fat and unplug by getting into a good book. Then, a little voice comes from the pool… “Dad! Come swim with us!” And I tell them I’ll be right there. After all, I’ll blink and they’ll be married and have little ones of their own. And so I remind myself that I can read later, but splashing with my daughters? Not forever. So, here’s to a big cannon ball and lots of fun. I’ll read tonight.img00036

Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on ChurchLeaders.com, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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  1. Yeah bro I remember that sermon! The usual lunch discussion with friends after worship was dominated by you recalling your dads response to that request. ALL the dads around the table were like “REALLY, he did that!?” I can’t tell you how many times that charge from you that day has challeneged me in my own interaction with my kids. I may not be at the level that your dad was but I do “put down the book” a LOT more since hearing that sermon!