>The other day two books came for me that excited me to no end. One was You Can Still Wear Cute Shoes by Lisa McKay and the other was She Can’t Even Play the Piano! compiled by Joyce Williams. Both are written by and for pastor’s wives. I can’t wait to dig into them!
This morning Olivia was looking at the books and asking about them. I told her they were for preacher’s wives. As she and I talked, we both began to wonder if there was anything like those books for preacher’s kids. There are several resources geared toward adult PK’s whose lives are either in shambles or have returned from the shambles of all they experienced as children growing up in the glass house. My sweet nine-year-old is awakening to a lot of the realities of being a PK. She’s handling it well, so far, but she has many years ahead of her. How awesome would it be for her to have support right now? To have concrete evidence that she’s not alone on this journey? That other kids are growing through this time, too? How wonderful would it be for her to have wisdom shared from PK’s whose lives didn’t fall apart? PK’s who are passionate about pouring into young PK’s like herself and giving them pointers?
If resources like those exist, they aren’t easy to find. But, to be honest, that is somewhat reflective of both our culture and our churches. We are much more involved in curative rather than preventative intervention. We don’t think about getting to these kids before damage is done.
The exciting thing about our conversation this morning was that we didn’t say, “Well, we can’t find anything,” and let the idea go. Instead, we gained determination. If the resources aren’t compiled right now then, by golly, they should be! So, what will we do about it? Doug and I suggested to Olivia that it just might be up to us to see what we could start to put together. Oh, to have captured the expression on her face at that moment. She was so excited! The thought of being a part of something that would pull together a community – that would help a large group of people! That sort of thought just energizes her to no end!
So, we’re on a mission to find whatever we can to help encourage and equip PK’s, partially through encouraging their parents, but mainly through speaking directly to them. To disciple them personally, keeping in mind that their discipleship will just look a little different from that of other kids. To show them that they are just as called as their parents (who, incidentally, didn’t have much choice in the matter either!). To teach them how to work through that calling. And, to help a generation of PK’s form a new mold and set a new image for themselves and future generations of PK’s.
Having said that, input would be fantastic! Are you a PK? Are you the parent of a PK? What advice would you include? What thoughts would you share? What encouragement would you give? What would you like to see included in such a resource?
Who knows where this will go! It might never turn into anything published or organized, but maybe it will. Maybe it will inspire someone else who will take it to new heights. And maybe my little girl – who I know is destined for ministry in her adult life as well – has found the beginning of her niche. Who knows? But, I’m excited to see where it goes. And I’m proud of my PK for being excited, too!