A couple of years ago I had the privilege of sharing a 36 hours with Dr. Jim Henry (former pastor of First Baptist Church of Orlando) and about 10 other pastors from around the state of North Carolina. It was a tremendous time where we were challenged in our pastoral ministry and given incredible advice and wisdom on matters ranging from preaching to parenting.
As he challenged us in our marriages and parenting, Dr. Henry said something I hope I never forget. He told us that he and his wife made a conscious effort to spend their money on experiences with their children…not on things!
Being a parent of four children I realize this can be a challenge. And when I see the amount of accumlated junk in my house I realize that I have at times failed to heed this sage advice.
But yesterday I had an “experience” with my son…one that I don’t think either of us will soon forget. We spent the day at the Wyndham Championship, a PGA Tour event held in Greensboro. We spent the ride over there with the radio off just talking about golf and the upcoming school year. We walked the grounds of the golf course watching the pro’s “crush it” as Jackson would say. We stood by the scorers tent and got the autographs of some of the pro’s who were very gracious. Three of them even gave Jackson golf balls they had used during the round. I can still see the smile on his face…priceless!
I don’t know what word to use to describe the day other than perfect. I’m pretty sure Jackson felt the same way!
“Spend your money on experiences with your kids…not on things.” Great advice. Thanks Dr. Henry!