Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Re-Run From Last Year: Shoeless Joe Jackson Part I of II

Because I am chasing my tail trying to catch up after a long weekend visit to my daughter, I am going to run an old post--one that is appropriate to the character training tips we have been discussing. This post and the next one exemplify the concept of teaching our children all the time--and using everything around us to teach biblical principles and character. Thanks for joining us!

"You shall teach them diligently to your children and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up…”

We have recently spent some time in the Greenville, South Carolina area, first of all visiting our daughter who was working there at the Academy of Arts (and seeing her in the drama, “Little Women”) and then picking up our son from his summer drama ministry travels (and attending the closing ceremonies of the traveling drama teams). One day we had a little extra time and, like we often do, found ourselves at a local museum—the “Shoeless” Joe Jackson Museum. (For more about the Joe Jackson story and more about his little homeplace/museum, see the links at the end of this post.)

With three boys left at home, we try to go to museums and events that will be interesting to guys—robotic exhibits, football museums, IMAX theatres, baseball games, action movies, etc. So when we discovered that Greenville has a “baseball museum,” we headed out to it one afternoon.

As we had our little mini tour (they have “Shoeless” life-long fan club members narrating his story in this tiny museum and defending Joe Jackson against the accusations brought upon him), a myriad of spiritual, moral, and relational teaching was opened up to us with the boys.

I was reminded once again of how many, many opportunities we have to teach our children God’s Word and God’s ways.

Today I will leave you with the verse above that reminds us of teaching our children at all times—and the “Shoeless” Joe Jackson links—and tomorrow I will detail some of the lively discussions that resulted from a sixty minute tour into a man’s life and indiscretions. Truly, we have “material” everywhere to teach our children!

**Info about museum/homeplace: http://www.shoelessjoejackson.org/

**Story of “Shoeless” Joe Jackson: http://www.shoelessjoejackson.com/


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