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Space Travel

by Dave Bower




Being a father is a tough job. Most dads I talk with feel the need of Daily Dose of Encouragement. (That's me, too!) So, Pops, here's one for you today. With renewed talk of a manned mission to Mars, this one caught my eye:

A child wrote a letter to the president of the United States and said, "Dear Mister President. I would like you to send children to Mars in the next space ship going in that direction. I would appreciate it very much if I could go." The letter was signed, "One of your future voters, Mitchell."
The parents had attached the following note to Mitchell's letter: "Dear Mister President: As the parents of Mitchell Miller, we would like to give you our permission to send Mitchell anywhere into space."*

Yeah, we all have days like that as parents, don't we? On the other hand, a friend who recently adopted his second girl from China reminded me on Sunday, "The reason to hang in there as a father is because our children really need our influence."** Every day I see a 3x5 card over my desk that simply says, "INVEST." Nothing brings greater returns than the loving influence of garden variety dads and moms. I'll try to remember that next time I feel like volunteering one of my children for Space Cadet.

*What Kids Need Most in a Dad, Tim Hansel, p. 25. The stories and quotes are often taken from items available on our website.

**You can read more about Steve's family's adoption story and ministry at www.BringMeHope.org.  

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