Daniel Darling, author, pastor, speaker

Crosswalk Column: Growing Up is a Good Thing

Below is my latest Crosswalk Column:

Growing Up is a Good Thing

As a father of three young kids, I’m never at a loss for laughs. Every single day, one of my kids does or says something so funny that Angela and I burst out in laughter. My son, Daniel, is a year-and-a-half old and can say like three words. So he usually points and grunts when he wants something.

One night at dinner, he was doing his “pointing and grunting” thing. But I couldn’t figure out what he wanted. His drink? No. Pacifier? No. More food? No.

I think I grabbed everything within a five-foot-radius. Finally I picked up the blue lid to the mayonnaise container. Daniel stopped pointing and grunting. All Daniel wanted to do was feel the texture of this lid.

The other day we were praying for a friend with some financial woes. Grace began her prayer, “Jesus, help our friend steal money.” She was totally sincere.

We get such a kick out of our kids. Who needs comedy? We get it every day in the Darling house. When kids are five and 1 and four months, they do funny, foolish, dumb things that make you laugh.

But I want to get serious for a second. Fast forward ten years. Imagine Daniel is still pointing and grunting. It probably wouldn’t be funny. It would be sad and we’d wonder if he had some kind of disability.

Reflections on the National Day of Prayer 2010

Tomorrow is the National Day of Prayer in America. Many local and national events will take place around the country to commemorate this time of public prayer.

It’s heartening to know that even in 2010, with secularism on the rise that America stops to pray. I’m also grateful that our President is defending the National Day of Prayer against a court challenge and signed the proclamation proclaiming May 6th, tomorrow as The National Day of Prayer.

You might have disagreements with policies President Obama has pursued, but for this he should be applauded.

7 Factors to Determine Your Direction

I run into a lot of young people who are pretty committed to following Christ with their lives and yet they sort of live in this fog about exactly what that looks like for them. We tend to over-spiritualize God’s Will as if it is some hazy, foggy, wispy thing when it is really not that hard to discern.

Here are some biblical guidelines for pursuing, finding, and obeying God’s direction for your life.