”Pass down something he will be grateful for…”
This car commercial was in heavy rotation during my incessant watching of football this past weekend.
First reaction is Awww, this is very Field of Dreams-y with father-son catch going on.
Second reaction is Yikes, Dad can’t throw for crap. Kid will be lost forever!
As the tag-line conveys, by being an ill-formed and un-skilled teacher, Dad is probably not passing down anything in this moment for which his son will be grateful (beyond, of course, time with Dad.)
If Major League Baseball could pass a law that young people must have the experience of “catch,” there would likely be many different outcomes. At the extremes might be skilled parents playing catch as well as the parents not unlike the video dad above trying their best. In the middle would be unskilled parents actually taking lessons to improve their game to meet the standards and then, of course, those who “outsource” their own obligation to mentors, athletic programs, and unique programs marketed to them to assist in fulfilling the need.
Now, we as Church, believe that parents ARE the primary “passers down” of faith. We usually are not satisfied with just providing the outsource situation, but we do need to improve our pitch on providing the encouragement and training that comes with all the other options.