This summer I traveled with my family to Thailand and Cambodia. The trip took 36 hours, once we left Chicago. We spent time in 11 airports, on our round trip. My kids became international travelers, as did Anne and I. We found ourselves physically tired on many occasions.
We also spent gobs of time reading flight arrival and departure monitors. We literally spent 3 days, in the transition stage of flying and waiting.
We reminded our kids that it would be tough adjusting to the time zone differences. We encouraged them to be willing to see this as a time to grow. And man, did they ever bless us, with their exercise of patience and self control. They adjusted and never complained
When we finally landed in Thailand, we were weary yet excited. We piled into the back of a pickup truck, and drove through Changmai Thailand, it was a hoot!
The Bible says that the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. People have often asked me, how Anne and I parent. Well, we bleed the Deuteronomy principle of teaching them as you go, connecting life to God, with truths of the Bible. On this trip my kids lead the way, and taught us by their self-control. Self-control will play out in so many positive ways as they mature. If you want to lead well, exercise self-control.