All Sex Public Showers in Columbus, Ohio
I bet that title has you thinking. Don’t worry, its true. It really happened and it happened last night.
Here is how it went down.
Our men’s group decided that it was time to get out from behind a table and put some legs to what we have been discussing – that being our involvement in the discipleship of our families. But we didn’t want to do it the old fashioned way which is to sit everyone around a table, read some verses, and then ask them how that made them feel. Instead we chose to take them to a minor league baseball game. Columbus, Ohio is home to the Clippers and is very close to where we live and attend church.
You may be wondering what baseball has to do with family discipleship. Here are a couple of thoughts for you to consider. At one point, baseball used to be considered America’s favorite sport. It is a game that has nuances that have to be explained and considered like the double-switch, what count is a good count to throw a change-up or a curve ball, when should the reliever come in, and the suicide squeeze. Most people who have no understanding of the game may find the pace of baseball to be boring because there is not enough action to entertain them.
Baseball is a thinking game that involves training and time to learn all the ins-and-outs.
Someone needs to take the novice by the hand and spend time with them explaining what is happening and why the people are doing what they are doing. Doesn’t that sound a lot like what family discipleship should be? But, alas, we live in a society that’s wants the visceral entertainment that is supplied by 2 guys, who each weigh 300 pounds, hitting each other as they try to get a ball over a goal line. I am not saying that there isn’t a place for it but it needs to be balanced with activities that engage our intellect as well.
Think about it – do people going to church resemble more the football crowd mentality or the baseball crowd mentality?
Anyway, we took our families to watch a baseball game last night. There were men and women of all shapes and sizes in attendance which brings me to the public shower bit of this post. Around about the 6th inning, the storm clouds started rolling in on the back of a westerly wind. And all of a sudden the skies just let loose. We, the public, were all standing or sitting together in this spring shower. Some of the people started running for shelter, others pulled out umbrellas, and there were some of us that just decided to wait it out.
You know, in the midst of our desires to raise our families in a way that is structured and wholesome, there are going to be times that things just don’t go as we expect. The storms of life are going to blow in and catch us by surprise….maybe we even see them approaching and hope that they stay away. There are times that we are going to need to turn to some shelter and there are some storms that we are going to be prepared for because we planned ahead and brought our ‘umbrella’. But there will also be those times that we will just weather the storm and having come through it, we will be able to look back and see that it added to our experience instead of taking away from it.
I sure enjoyed spending time with my family last night. We got a little wet but that was ok because the storm just added to our story. The Clippers went on to finish the game and won 6 to 4 but the real win was with my home team. We are all looking forward to going back again. Maybe I can find a way to make family discipleship just like that.