Coach Dave Daubenmire
October 24, 2013
Our family just returned from a much needed vacation. We turned off the computers, except for an occasional email check, and determined that we were going to do our best to “get away from it all” for awhile.
It was a great time together; something we have always tried to do as a family. Some of mine, and our children's best memories are of the family vacations we took every summer. Even as a young couple when our finances were tight we made sure to spend a week planting family stories.
Maybe that is why we are so close today. Nearly every fun thing we do includes the children and grandchildren. That investment in our family has paid generational dividends. Taking a yearly family vacation was one of the best decisions we ever made.
My Dad would never have done that. Going on a vacation was not something we could afford to do. I am sure that he would have enjoyed it, but raising five kids was probably a strain on the finances of our family. Dad was a great provider, but I have often wished that I could have played in the ocean with him...
But being a practical man, he just couldn't see the value of wasting money on a vacation when the car may soon need a repair, the washer could break down, or one of us could be making plans to go to the prom.
Vacations are great soil in which we plant family memories. I thank God for all of the money Michele and I have “wasted” building a family legacy . “Make a memory” I always told our kids when we overloaded the family van. Family is the best investment a man can make. Ironically, memories are all I have left of Mom and Dad.
But it is what happened after the vacation that I want to talk to you about. The Lord can speak to us in the most unsuspecting ways.
When we arrived home after the 10 hour drive from Myrtle Beach, I was stunned by how much the landscape had changed while we were away. As I jokingly like to tell folks, we live in the “cornfields outside of Columbus, Ohio.” I cannot not remember better farming conditions than we had in Central Ohio this growing season. An abundance of rain at the right time presented near-perfect conditions. “Knee high by the fourth of July” was actually head high. The farmers reaped a bumper-crop this fall.
On our return home, however, we were surprised to see that while we on vacation the farmers had been in the fields. In less than a week they had swarmed into the fields and in locust-like fashion had cut down all of the corn. The fields were barren as the wind-whipped through the now-open fields that had provided a natural wind block.
As so often happens to me my thoughts immediately went to the Scriptures.
“While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.” —Genesis 8:22
My friends, it is time for us once again to begin to plant.
I was a child of the 60's, and those of us who lived through it would have to admit that it was one of the most tumultuous times in the history of America. The culture was rocking and reeling like a drunken man, and everything that could be shaken was being rattled.
Our parents were not alert enough to understand the evil seeds that were being planted in the American culture. The assault on the American way of life was in a full-court press mode attacking all that our parents had planted into us. We lived through the murders of the Kennedys and MLK, an unpopular war, “tune in, turn on, and drop out.”
The seeds of rebellion were sown through Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Bob Dylan and the British invasion. Our generation was introduced to marijuana, LSD, and Woodstock. Muhammad Ali was “The Greatest”, Charlie Manson led his family, and we were urged to “make love, not war.”
And boy did we. The Bible and Prayer were removed from public schools, the Civil Rights movement was in full bloom, and we put a man on the moon.
What our parents didn't realize is that it wasn't just a phase that America was going through, but a cultural revolution that was sowing seeds of discontent against everything that our parents had stood for.
Today, the hippies are grandparents and our nation is adrift. The chickens have come home to roost as we pick the crop that the seeds of rebellion produced. Did we really have any idea that the seeds of the 60's would produce the quasi-Christian mutation that America has morphed into?
Seed time and harvest...the law of sowing and reaping. Whatever you sow you will reap. Corn begets corn, apples beget apples, and rebellion gives birth to lawlessness. In 2013, our cupboards are filled with rebellion.
You see, in the circle of seasons, there is a three-fold cycle; Seed time, growing season, and harvest. As I discovered on our trip to Myrtle Beach, the two shortest activities in the circle are the time of planting and the time of picking. It is the growing season that takes the longest period of time.
Unfortunately, because Christians have become convinced that we are in the “end times” and the last crop has been planted, there is no long-term strategy to expand the Gospel of the Kingdom. The attitude of the American church can be described as meet, greet, and retreat.
Christians have stopped planting as they wait for the final harvest.
What if it isn't the end? What if God gives us a reprieve? Are you willing to gamble the future of your grandchildren on your selfish belief that Jesus is about to rescue you from the wrath to come?
“Where there is no vision the people perish.” Most Christians are not even considering the possibility that there may be a future crop. Our pastors are serving up GMO seed.
People ask me all of the time, “What can we do, Coach? Jesus is coming. You can see it everywhere you look.” Jesus told us to “work while the sun shines for a day commeth when no man can work.”
It is time for Christians to get back to work...the sun is still shining...we must plant the next crop.
Wanna make a difference? Then try these suggestions. If you won't do it, we'll harvest a more poisonous Devil's crop. It is time to put up or shut up.
1. Get your children out of the government schools. Sending your kids to Caesar to be trained will guarantee that they will think like Washington. Home school. Start a home school co-op in your church. Push your pastor to get more involved in the education of Christian children. Enlist the wisdom of the many retired saints sitting dutifully in the pews. Give them a vision to touch the next generation for the Kingdom. Put them to work volunteering in your church school. No pay...Christian service. Education does not have to cost a lot of money. People are God's greatest resource...use them!! Stop griping about how bad things are and get to work planting into the next generation.
2. College education is the greatest rip-off in America. Government is enslaving your children through college loans supplied by the government. Most graduate with a meaningless degree and enough debt to equal a mortgage. The financial burden REQUIRES the mother to put off childbearing. If you must, send your child to a local community college or a local university branch. Believe me, college education is in the middle of a death rattle. Don't put your children into bondage. No college loans!!
3. Christians need to re-awaken in the minds of their children that parenthood is the greatest gift that God has given to man. Encourage your kids to have lots of children...at least five. America is going to be conquered because of our low birth rate. It is a numbers game. White Christian children will be a minority in America in forty years if we don't do something. Get your head out of the rapture clouds. If the Lord tarries, our children will have to live in the world that we leave them.
4. Spend your money NOW on your grandchildren's future. Instead of buying a motor home or a “retirement home” in Florida, take your money and invest it in America's future...God's children. Retirees have become self-centered and selfish: “I deserve it...I earned it...I want to enjoy OUR retirement.” Scripture tells us that “a wise man leaves an inheritance to his children's children.” It is not money that Solomon was referring to. The Biblical mandate is to invest in your posterity...not the stock market. Help the mother of your grandchildren stay home and raise her kids. That investment of your finances will bear fruit long after you are gone. Children are the ultimate compound interest. Government education is cheap...until you place a value on the soul.
These four acts will change America. If millions of Americans were to do this the public fool system would collapse, and the responsibility to train our children would return to the parents where it belongs.
But most of you will not heed a word I say. You cannot see the bondage you are leading your precious grandchildren into. Parents are working their fingers to the bone to provide “stuff” for their children, while grandparents “enjoy their retirement” traveling in their Winnebago. All seems well. There is peace in our time.
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“Yes, how many times can a man turn his head believing he just doesn't see? The answer my friend is blowing in the wind. The answer is blowing in the wind.” -Bob Dylan
Open your eyes. The winds are blowing. There is a pay day coming. Others will reap what you so. Unfortunately, it will be those whom you most love that will pay the price of your blindness.
It's time to get to work. It's time to stop resting and start planting. Our window is short. Let's put a new crop in the field. Your grandchildren will be glad we did.
Another harvest is coming.
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