Short Bus Insights: My Dad’s A Werewolf

Posted: December 9, 2013 in Uncategorized
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There is a young boy on the noon bus route I drive that tells me often that his dad is in fact a werewolf.  Usually when he tells me, this phrase comes in waves.  It is never a one-time phrase, but is more like a barrage of “My dad’s a werewolf” covering the last 15 minutes of the bus ride.  I have asked him about this a couple of times.  I’ve asked, “Have you seen your dad be a werewolf?” He answered, with a large grin, “No, he only turns into one when bad guys are outside.  He protects me and my other brother from them.”  Then I asked, “Are you scared of him?”  His reply, “No! He’s awesome!  He’s a werewolf!”

Young kids can be quite entertaining but also easily swayed.  My father, who is not a werewolf (I don’t think), works as a headmaster at a private Episcopalian school.  (He has a couple blogs also if you are interested: &  I have witnessed him play off of the fact that kids are easily convinced of things.  I have heard him tell students that their teacher has a glass eye and encourage them to figure out which one it is.  There have been times when he tried to convince students that other teachers are hiding tails under their clothes or animals in their classroom.  The point being that it can be quite fun, if not taken overboard, convincing students of the illogical.

As adults, we look at these things and laugh.  He think, “How could they really believe that?”  “I would never be swayed so easily now that I have matured.”

But I would ask, “Are sure you are not easily swayed?

In Ephesians, Paul touches on unity and growing up as the body of Christ.  He encourages growth in our faith and knowledge of Christ, taking us away from being “children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.” (Ephesians 4:14 ESV) 

This time of year there are always various beliefs being thrown around.  Christmas can be celebrated and enjoyed in a variety of ways.  From a materialistic Christmas to the polar opposite of denying one’s self of gifts, it is easy to be swept up in the different beliefs.

This Christmas, ask yourself, “Am I be tossed to and fro by the waves of Christmas?  Do I easily loose distraction of the true light of Christmas when walking down the Christmas decoration isle at the store?  Am I being easily convinced that Christmas is about lights, presents, family, or movie characters rather than Christ?”

Ephesians 4:15, the next verse, says “Rather speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ.” (ESV) 

Physical growth does not always mean spiritual growth.

We are supposed to mature in our faith.  We are to grow up in every way.  We are to establish our faith in Christ and Christ alone.  Be it Christmas, Thanksgiving, Valentine’s Day, or Groundhog Day, our firm foundation is the Rock.

You may not be as easily swayed into believing your dad is a werewolf, but I caution you not to believe that you are invincible from being swayed.  There are such things as “human cunning” and “craftiness in deceitful schemes;” do not be tossed by these winds.

I end with Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians in chapter 3 verses 14-19 “For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”

In Christ’s Love,

  1. I am, in fact, not a werewolf. As far as you know.

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