Dad’s Monday Movie – Dinosaur

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So I thought I’d make monday’s movie review, dad style. Since having my 3 kids the movies I watch has changed dramatically. Most of the movies my kids watch are either Disney or Dreamworks with a little bit of Veggie Tails mixed in. So today, as my youngest son is home sick, we are watching Disney’s movie Dinosaur.

Dinosaur is a movie with both computer animation and real life scenery. It was made around 2000 and the graphics are actually pretty good for that time. (Man I feel old) The movie has shots of beautiful cliffs, sweeping coastlines, colorful jungles, harsh deserts, and awesome caves. The molding of real life shots with animation is very well done.

The movie stars a plant eating dinosaur named Aladar who is raised by monkeys. They live on an island until a big meteor hits and destroys their home. As they look for a new home they run into a herd of dinosaurs that look like Aladar and quickly learn that teamwork isn’t highly valued among them. Leaving sick or weak dinosaurs behind saves the herd from being attacked by meat eating dinosaurs. Survival of the strongest is the main way of life in the herd.

Over time most of the dinosaurs realize that just mindlessly following a herd is a dangerous way to live. Through hard work and putting his faith in hope Aladar is able to teach the herd that teamwork will help everyone in the herd, not just the strongest.

As I watch this movie with my kids, I’m glad I’m able to teach my kids that following a herd isn’t the way to live their lives. Following friends that do not have values such as teamwork, faith, and hope may not be in their best interest.  1 Thessalonians 5:14 And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.

When asked why my kids like this movie my youngest son stated, “Cause dinosaurs are big and cool and big and I like dinosaurs.” When I asked my daughter she stated, “I like the dinosaurs, yep.” (Not bad for a 2 year old)

Don’t worry dads, Dinosaur is not like Jurassic Park with blood and guts. It’s Disney remember.

God bless Dads and enjoy, not just the movie, but the time together with your kids.

-Donald

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Bible Dads – Adam

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Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, “I have gotten a man with the help of the Lord.” And again, she bore his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, and Cain a worker of the ground.

Adam. The first dad on planet earth. The first to have 2 sons. I could only imagine the feeling of being the only dad in the whole world. Imagine the stuff you wouldn’t have to teach your kids. Don’t talk to strangers wouldn’t be an option because, well, there were no other people. Don’t play in the street, don’t be rude in public, play nice with the other kids, all of these sayings wouldn’t have been an option. It would be a extremely less stressful environment to say the least.

So what did I learn from Adam in regards to being a dad? You have to be there for your kids. You have to be intentional in how you interact with your kids. Later on in the story, as most of you know, Cain becomes rather upset at his brother Abel.

Genesis 4:3-5
In the course of time Cain brought to the Lord an offering of the fruit of the ground, and Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat portions. And the Lord had regard for Abel and his offering, but for Cain and his offering he had no regard. So Cain was very angry, and his face fell.

The bible doesn’t say much about Adam’s interaction with Cain and Abel, but what if Adam would have stepped in when Cain was upset with God. What if he would have pulled his son aside and said, “Hey bud, it’s ok to be upset. But it’s how you react when you’re upset that matters.”

Genesis 4:8
Cain spoke to Abel his brother. And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel and killed him.

If my son had just killed his brother I’d be extremely upset to say the least. Upset at him, God, and myself. Hopefully none of us will experience such a tragedy.

This is not a bash on Adam post. I’m not saying Adam made a mistake. I am not saying Adam was a lousy father who neglected his kids. Or that he was so preoccupied with other matters he didn’t notice or care about his kids. Every dad has failed many times with his kids and I’m no exception. I don’t know what Adam was doing during the murder of Abel, but I wish scripture would have told us that Adam tried to talk to Cain prior to Abel’s murder.

I’m sure Adam was a great dad. I believe God in His infinite wisdom knew Adam would be able to handle being the first dad on earth. God blessed Adam with that honor and I want to honor that as well.

If I learned anything from the story of Adam it is this: You have to be intentional with your kids. You may not have all the answer’s, but being there for your kids will make an impact on them. Your kids will make their own choices, the only thing we can do is help guide them to the correct path. God’s path.

I don’t want people to read stories about my kids and wonder where was their dad in all this.

Take the time to write yourself into your children’s stories Dads and may God bless you.

-Donald

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