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A right kind of busy

"A right kind of busy" Continued...

Issue: "Bright or rotten idea?," Oct. 5, 2013

Good example, because you do have five children—how old are they? Nine, 7, 5, 3, and 1—stair steps. This year we can say we have very odd children. 

Do you hope they’ll become even-tempered? In the next few months.

Let me ask about your next big project: While remaining a pastor, you want to get a doctorate by writing a dissertation about Reese Witherspoon’s ancestor? Yes, on John Witherspoon, the only clergyman to sign the Declaration of Independence. Reese Witherspoon claims to be a direct descendant. 

It’s impressive that she knows to claim that. It is. Good for her, that she’s happy to claim a Presbyterian pastor.

What do you have to say about Pastor Witherspoon? He hasn’t received enough credit as a consistent Reformed thinker and the product of late Reformed orthodoxy more than the Scottish Enlightenment.

I see you’re already deep into your research: You write that children can also be crazy busy at times as parents take them from one activity to another activity, but you quote Witherspoon saying, “The best exercise in the world for children is to let them romp and jump about as soon as they are able according to their fancy.” Parents have this idea that their kids have to be in another play group, on a travel soccer team when he’s 5, and then he’s got to go to gymnastics. I’m giving you a list of things we actually do, but as our kids get older we have already said we’re going to guard our weekends and not become taxi drivers as much as we can help it. In middle class America we can’t fathom an opportunity that we wouldn’t be able to take advantage of.

Everyone plays lacrosse ... So I ought to try lacrosse. No, you know what? Play lacrosse in heaven.

Marvin Olasky
Marvin Olasky

Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD News Group and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.

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