The other night, my wife overheard our son say this prayer while he was walking down the hall in our house.
My soul lept with joy when she told me this.
Best. Night. Ever.
(Hyperbole is fun, isn’t it?)
This tells me that maybe I’m doing something right.
Sometimes I don’t know if I’m setting a good example, or if I’m real enough with the example I set. As much as I’d like to say otherwise, I don’t study personally as often as I should. Events like this are little nuggets of encouragement which just spurs me on to actually be the better spiritual leader of our family that I should be. I just hope that someday my son comes to understand that I’m just a human like him with flaws of my own, seeking to serve God in spite of them.
Tonight I settled down with my parents, wife and kids and my niece Danielle to watch Parental Guidance, a movie about grandparents that come to watch their grand-kids that were raised in a house where they did alternative parenting styles such as never saying “no” instead say “consider the consequences.” It was a cute little movie that emphasized the benefits of an older style of parenting. My favorite part, however, was from the alternative style. The kids had to say three “put-ups” for every “put-down.”
There’s just something deliciously gratifying about making siblings compliment each other as punishment. I’ll probably use some form of this along with my old school parenting style.
Movie goofiness aside, the concept rings strong. We as human beings take criticism and weigh it much heavier than compliments. This makes encouragement vital to our lives not just as human beings but as Christians and it should be one of our major focuses. We never know just how much it helps another become the person we already think they are.
My son prayed for his family.
You can’t buy that kind of happiness.