Lock Out

with Ron Deal | August 13, 2020

As a kid, I played a game called Lock Out. We would form a circle with linked arms and someone on the outside would try to get into the circle. The more the outsider pushed, the more the circle banded together. Sometimes stepfamilies play this game, too. An outsider stepparent or stepsibling is trying to break into the circle of insiders and find acceptance. The secret to getting inside is to not push. Instead, talk, interact, and get to know them. Eventually they will relax and let you in.

As a kid, I played a game called Lock Out. We would form a circle with linked arms and someone on the outside would try to get into the circle. The more the outsider pushed, the more the circle banded together. Sometimes stepfamilies play this game, too. An outsider stepparent or stepsibling is trying to break into the circle of insiders and find acceptance. The secret to getting inside is to not push. Instead, talk, interact, and get to know them. Eventually they will relax and let you in.

Lock Out

With Ron Deal
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August 13, 2020
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Ron: Is your family playing the game of Lock Out?

Announcer: For FamilyLife Blended®, here’s Ron Deal.

Ron: When I was a kid, we played a simple game I call Lock Out. A group of us would circle up and link arms and someone on the outside would try to break into the circle. The more the outsider pushed, the more the circle banded together to keep them out. Sometimes stepfamilies play this game, too. An outsider stepparent or stepsibling is trying to break into the circle of insiders and find acceptance.

Now, the secret to getting inside is to not push; they just close ranks if you do. Instead, walk up next to them and just stand there. Talk, interact, and get to know them. Eventually the insiders will relax and let you in. For FamilyLife Blended I’m Ron Deal.

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In this 60 second short feature, Ron Deal delivers a daily word of encouragement for those in stepfamilies and those who know them—which is a whole lot of us today. A relevant, real-world outlook with a biblical perspective.

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