Roller-Coaster (2 of 2) by Kerry Shook

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Roller-Coaster (2 of 2)
Series: Carnival - Raising Kids in Confusing Times
Pastor Kerry Shook

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• Eph. 5:1 (NLT)

• Eph. 5:31 (NLT)

• Eph. 6:1 (LB)

• Be the parent

• Build my marriage


• See their world

• Matt. 9:36 (NIV)

• Touch their world

• Mark 10:14,16 (NIV)


It was fun to watch you guys because some of you were really leaning into the turns. We are in a series that I am calling Carnival because parenting in many ways does resemble a carnival. For those of you who are parents, you know it's our job to help our kids make it through our carnival culture with all these side shows and flashing lights and attractions that are trying to distract them and derail them. It's also our job to help our kids step onto the ride of life with confidence and character as a mature young adult. My family and I love to ride roller-coasters. Every chance we get we like to go to amusement parks and ride roller-coasters together. I remember the first roller-coaster we got to ride together. My youngest son, Steven, was waiting in line and he stepped up to the measuring stick and he measured 46 inches and he could then ride the big rides. So, we got on the roller-coaster and Chris and I sat together. Our kids were on the same coaster with us and Chris reached over and she grabbed me by the hand and she said, "Kerry, this reminds me of our lives, raising four kids. It's like a roller-coaster. There are unexpected twists and turns and there are a lot of ups and downs. It's scary and wild and wonderful all at the same time and it's over before you know it. The kids will be grown and gone." No sooner had she said that then - BOOM - we were launched. It was one of those roller-coasters that start at full speed, like an airplane taking off. Parenting is like a roller-coaster. Once the child is born you're launched at full speed and it doesn't slow down, does it? Parenting is a lot like a roller-coaster, but I see in many families they are on what I call an upside down roller-coaster, where the parent-child roles have been reversed and the kids have taken over the family. Kids love upside down roller-coasters where life just revolves around them and the marriage takes a back seat and parents are just there to meet the child's every need and every whim. When my kids were first born and I would hold that little baby in my arms, I would look into the eyes of that perfect little angel and I would think, I know the Bible says that every side is born with this bent to get their own way, but not my little angel. My little angel, this little perfect one, this one is going to grow up and just obey everything that I say because he'll know that father knows best.
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