Several months ago, we received a flyer from Discovery Bound announcing a major event for teens they were organizing for Memorial Weekend in New York City. It was a program designed to get students interested in Christian Science together for a weekend of fellowship, and participate in workshops led by successful performers, artists, and musicians who would talk about how spirituality and the Arts work together.
The weekend was financially underwritten by a generous foundation, so was very affordable for anyone wanting to attend.
When we mentioned the idea to our 2 teenagers, they had little interest in going. At first, we dropped the idea, figuring, oh well, it’s no big deal. But we also believed they were passing up on an activity they would thoroughly enjoy and benefit from.
Living in the Tri-Cities can feel remote at times. We are a small community.
It’s tough to know as a parent sometimes, how far to promote a new idea to your children. Decisions need to be made out of genuine desire and not forced through human will.
So, we listed all the benefits the trip had to offer and my wife and I repeated them to the kids. We asked them to seriously consider going, but made it clear that it was their choice.
After a few days of thought, the kids decided to “give it a try.”
At this point, the kids expected to have a good time, and had no problem letting mom and dad take off and leave them there. That was a good sign!
Kathy and I spent the next two days in the City, which I will blog more about after this, and picked the kids up Monday morning. And they were as happy and delighted as could be. The weekend had been a grand success. New friends had been made, the program was fabulous, and their faith had been strengthened.
One lesson I learned from this, is to not let resistance to a new idea prevent one from trying something new. Mortal mind works overtime to stop progress.