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Lions, Ties, and Bears – OH MY!
Lions, Ties, and Bears – OH MY!

As believers in Christ, we are all a bit like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz — sojourners in this world pursuing our eternal home in the presence of Jesus.

As a child, I enjoyed watching the epic film, The Wizard of Oz(1939). It seems like every year, it would come on television and I would always watch it. In the film, Dorothy from Kansas is presented with a crisis – finding her way home. She goes on a journey with Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Lion. There is a scene in which she is skipping along the yellow brick road on her way to the Emerald City with the Scarecrow and Tin Man while chanting, "Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!" Essentially, she is talking about the journey and the hazards that await them on their way to meet with the Wizard of Oz for her to get back home to Kansas. It reminds me of parenting a bit and the joys and challenges therein.

Recently, I had the opportunity to teach my son how to tie a tie. It was a significant moment that I remember learning in middle school as a young man. Naturally, part of maturation is learning when and how to dress appropriately for the occasion. This is an important skill for children to learn in becoming adults.

Honestly, that morning I helped my son tie his tie, I was busy getting ready and had other things to do to get out the door on time. We have all been there. Tyranny of the urgent sometimes chokes out the grander things in life. However, I am so glad I paused to teach and help him that day. Parents, may we not neglect the little things along the way that add up to the big things. There are many times I have failed at this. As believers in Christ, we are all a bit like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz — sojourners in this world pursuing our eternal home in the presence of Jesus.