The man who sat on the floor
I stood there at the front of the church as couples and individuals came to the front to receive prayer. I was the guest speaker for the weekend. I had spent time speaking to the men, the married couples and finally the Sunday church services. It is always an honor to watch God work in people's lives. This particular church is one of those churches where you can just sense God is up to something. Then, out of nowhere a man grabbed me by the arm and faced me. Immediately, I noticed the tears in his eyes. He leaned in and said, "It worked." I was confused until he explained. He went on to tell me that he took my advice at the men's retreat. He went home and sat in the floor. This simple act was like a magnet for his daughter. The two played and enjoyed some much needed father-daughter time. As he thanked me and hugged me I was grateful that God would use me to make this kind of difference in this man's family.
Sitting in the floor. This may not sound like profound parenting advice but I can assure you it is for many parents. When you have kids, life seems to move at warp speed. We are all doing too much, running too fast and neglecting some of the very things we call priorities. I'm not all that different from you; I get home in the evening and all I want to do is spend a few mindless hours on the couch watching TV or flipping through Facebook. But I have kids. Based on the way they react when I walk through the door, they are dying to get some play time with Dad! Sitting on the floor is uncomfortable and at least at my house, it's an invitation that often results in bloodshed, bruises and bumps on the head. I literally chipped a tooth last summer! But I would not change the memories we made and the fun that we shared.
So, I will challenge you, sit on the floor. Don't announce it, just do it. You will experience the same thing that grateful father experienced. When you get in the floor, on their level, you become a magnet for your kids. They will gravitate toward you. It may look as strange to them as it feels to you! Yet, the simple act of sitting on the floor will open the door to an opportunity to play, wrestle, cuddle and rough-house with your kids. Now, this may not work for your teenager, but the principle remains. You must find a way to get on their level. To engage them on their turf. We cannot forget that our kids, yes, even our teenagers, want to know they are loved. They want to know that you are willing to meet them where they are. They want to know you care.
Sitting on the floor will make you a better parent. #7000days