Pokemon and Fathers

By Dave Peters, Ministry Resident

Lionheart Children’s Academy hosted a great Family Fun Night at the end of April for the Arapaho Road congregation. As expected, it was full of laughter, fun, and good times. I walked around and enjoyed talking with people but there was one table, a father with two sons, that caught my eye. I joined this table and the two sons were playing Pokemon cards while the father looked on. The father looked on and was as passionate (if not a little bit more) as his sons were. He advised, helped, and they all collectively enjoyed a little card game together.

This image made me think of Proverbs 22:6 “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.”

Pokemon is obviously a fun activity and not exactly life changing, but Fathers spending time with their sons is a powerful thing. When fathers engage in activities with their children, the children learn that their father care about them. This small act of playing a game and being passionate about a child’s interest starts the children off on a path to become more passionate about what truly matters. An involved father can teach the child to become passionate about loving others, caring for their future families, working hard, and most importantly a relationship with Christ.

As a boy, I don’t remember exactly the big lessons my father tried to teach me, but I do remember the times he spent with me. The times he spent with me gave him credibility to speak into the important aspects of my life and a way of gaining that credibility is true involvement in something as simple as Pokemon.

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