Inspired to step up, be a Dad!

I just watched Courageous. Very inspirational. Makes me want to be a better man.

I will! I will be the father to my children and the husband to my wife. I will remember that whatever I am suffering or agonizing or getting tired of at the moment is only in this moment, and I cannot tell the future or how it will all fit together in the end. I will strive for excellence and hope, without fear of embarrassment or having to apologize. I will fight for what is right because it is right and because God loves what is right; I want my children to love the same.

 

Watching my son take in everything new is amazing. Everything is original and authentic to him. What attitudes and feelings am I exposing him to? What about the things that I don’t realize I’m teaching him? Things I probably don’t want him to learn.

My thinking needs to shift from “be careful—don’t screw up” to “teach something right—love as much as I can.” If I focus on what I do wrong, I’m lost. I need to teach him the things now that will make him a good man, an observant learner, and a wise human being.

Blessing of fear

My 13-month-old just had a nightmare. I helped him back to sleep.

You know, I have a theory about children and fear. I think they need to interact with fear. That’s why they like to do daring things, hear scary stories–perhaps God even gave nightmares to help us cope and be reassured when we wake from them. Hopefully, they stay in the dream realm and do not become reality.

Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed.
–G. K. Chesterton

Don’t get me wrong: I don’t think kids should be flooded by fear. Being overexposed an traumatized is obviously bad for children, but preventing any exposure does not help them. This is why a lot of the most classic children’s literature can be pretty fearful.







Just to reference a few. 😉