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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...




A Day at a Time: No Regrets

By Scott Harrup
June 19, 2011

In a 2004 interview with this magazine, author Jerry Jenkins, best known for his collaboration with Tim LaHaye on the Left Behind novels, described a key parenting decision he made very early in his career.

Thirty-plus years ago, Jenkins had completed a series of interviews for the Christian publishing company where he worked. All of the men he interviewed were established in ministry and appeared satisfied with their lives — except in one area.

“In each interview at some point,” Jenkins recalled, “I asked them about any regrets they had in life. And, to a man, they said they wished they had spent more time with their kids when they were growing up. And these weren’t kids who went off the deep end or anything. It was just that these men felt they had lost those years.”

Prodded by that discovery, Jenkins made it his practice to do all of his writing after his children were in bed. It was a tough decision, since he was working full time as well as writing books. But he remained intentional about connecting with his sons after every workday and then burning the midnight oil to complete other projects.

There is no single “right” plan for spending time with your children. Your work schedule may call for early-morning or weekend connections. Perhaps you are in the armed forces serving overseas, or your job requires you to travel to clients across the country. Your quality time with your little buddy or princess might need to be on Facebook or a Skype connection.

This issue’s authors share some of their parenting regrets. But they discovered — and you can too — that every dad who makes a prayerful commitment to bond with a child has a wonderful parenting Partner. Most importantly, when you bring up your children “in the training and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4, NIV), you set their lives on a divinely orchestrated course that more than compensates for your shortcomings.

Scott Harrup
Managing Editor

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