Reflections on the Quest: I am Sam (I know I should be!)

Jodi and I finally watched the movie I am Sam (Sean Penn, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dakota Fanning, 2001).  Have you seen it?  It’s a good movie in that we found it both emotionally-engaging and thought-provoking.  (If you are extremely sensitive to profanity, you might want to watch it via a filtering system.)  The storyline is study of contrasts.  One contrast which particularly stood out to me was Sam, a retarded man who very practically loved his little girl, and his lawyer, an over-achieving, over-committed working mom who had very little energy left for her son.  After seeing such a visual message, I had to re-evaluate my relationship with my own children.  Am I Sam?  I know I should be!  God has blessed me with some awesome kids who need me engaged in their lives.  I try to be so, but appreciate gentle reminders from the Lord to stay involved, to be a dad, not just a father.  What about the special children in your lives–your own kids, nieces, nephews, lil’ ones in your church or neighborhood–who needs your attention and time today?  Be “Sam” to them.

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