From Parent Council
Bob Bletscher, Chair

Stuck. I have been reading a book that was given to me by my sister-in-law, written by Stan Simmons (Billings, Mt.), entitled Stuck? I have read it in light of the rapid changes we experience daily in every area of our living. How do you keep up? How do you keep current and keep from getting stuck in the past? How do you keep from failing to move ahead with the rest of the world around you?

One of the things we have enjoyed about our two kids attending George Fox University is that they have given us new ways to keep moving and keep in touch with life. Just being on campus for Family Weekend was invigorating. To see a new generation moving with time, applying new ways to touch others and connecting with life and its rapid pace was energizing.

To remind me to keep my eyes focused in that direction, I placed two large glass jars on my desk, one full of marbles. I began with enough marbles to represent one marble for every day over a 10-year period. (That’s a lot of marbles!) Each day I move a marble from one jar to the other as a physical reminder that I have a limited amount of time on this earth, and that I want to use my time wisely. One of the things I say each day is, “Lord, let’s build a great future together.” (Stuck?, p. 20.)

Concluding with worship on Family Weekend Sunday was absolutely inspiring. We appreciated being led by another generation in worship and knowing that they represent a generation building on an unchanging foundation. And then to hear President Robin Baker share from that foundation, a foundation that remains firm and unchanging, was inspiring.

Stuck. I hope you look forward to the future, appreciate the present and remember to not get stuck in the past.