Friday, March 7, 2008

A - is how we roll!

I've been reconnecting with quite a few 'old' friends lately (thank you facebook) and the thing I've enjoyed most is listening to the stories as I catch up with everybody's lives. There appears to be a prevalent theme of refining that God is doing in each person's life. I guess what we call refining is really the reality of "waking up" to real life and to the fact that there are certain things that God will no longer allow us to get away with. In my estimation, this is the process of maturing that must be evident in the life of everyone who professes to be a Christ-follower.


In light of these discussions, I've been doing a lot of processing myself. What is value to me? What are the things that would rank as my greatest accomplishments? I must tell you that the answers I'm coming up with surprise even me! Nothing that I've done in ministry, secular vocation, athletically, or anything else for that matter, ranks remotely close to watching the impact of a relationship with Jesus, in the lives of my kids. The amazing thing about this is that, while I have been largely responsible for many of the things that I've accomplished in my life, through hard work, prayer and moment by moment decisions that could have taken me one way or another, My greatest accomplishments have really little to do with my abilities. Allow me to foolishly brag for a moment, but I really do have the greatest kids in the world. They are my greatest accomplishment!

I've told you all about my son in a few posts that have highlighted his athletic prowess and his drive to be a successful and godly young man. You have, however, never met either of my daughters. Today I'll introduce you to Temi. She's my youngest (she's 11) and most like my wife in personality. She's a stickler for the rules (she doesn't do well without guidelines and boundaries) and is amazingly well adjusted for having a dad like me. Temi has been on the A-honor roll for as long as there has been an A-honor roll. She ran for student council within 3 weeks of starting a new school and came 2nd in the voting! She is also on the safety patrol at school, which is the highest honor given to 5th graders as the faculty decide who gets to serve in that capacity, based on a number of factors. As if all that isn't enough, she's super athletic, musically gifted and incredibly fashionably aware for an 11 year old. I'm immensely proud of how my kids are turning out, and those who know me well attribute it all to God and my wife Sola. Have a great weekend!!!

7 comments:

Thea said...

WOW! she looks sooo much like Sola!!! It looks like the Thompsons have no lack for reasons to be proud of your kids!! So wonderful :) It makes me look forward to the coming seasons of parenthood..for now we are tackling manners and staying away from electronics...but we'll get to the honor roll :)

Hope said...

There's nothing that's nicer to hear than a parent honouring their beautiful children. Good job mom and dad.

Jordan said...

yes.

Jordan said...

Awesome! Thanks for finding my blog. Hope you checked out the notes from Craig Groeschel and Erwin McManus. I think Groeschel and Lencioni were my two favorite from the conference. Check the notes at my blog!

Joseph said...

Thea, what on earth is wrong with sticking a couple of metal rods into a power outlet??? Seriously though, ennjoy these moments as they grow up far to quickly. I can still remember driving away from the hospital with Demi, thinking someone was going to stop me for stealing a baby!

Hope you really give us too much credit. Thanks for your kind words.

Jordan, checked out your comments. Really love the series of posts on choosing between two issues. I've added you to my blogroll so I can check out your blog daily.

Joey said...

Safety Patrol! Wow! Blast from the past! I was the 4th Grade door patrol! I wasn't cool enough for
5th grade... Oh well....

Joseph said...

Joey, I can't even imagine that you would contemplate the outlandish notion that you might be nearly as cool as Temi!!! :)