I had to have a serious talk with my boys tonight. I had been noticing some facets of their character that I did not think was necessarily wrong, but it was not what I think was the best. So just before they went to bed, we had a Five Minute Blitz (our version of a devotional).
As many of you know, I am really working hard to build our famliy on the standards of the Bible. Well, the backdrop for this conversation stemmed from an abbreviated Deuteronomy 10:12-13:
"And now, O Israel, what does the Lord your God ask of you but to fear the Lord your God...to love Him...and to observe the Lord's commands that I am giving you today for your own good?"
I have been noticing that they were not giving their full potential in their everyday lives. Yes, they are boys...young boys at that. Yet, I know what they are capable of. I now understand why my dad pushed me so hard. He encouraged me (made me) to do chores, to wake up early (6am...ish as a teenager-who does that?) on Saturday mornings to chop wood in the middle of the blistering winter (well, it was Atlanta), to get a job ONE day after my 16th birthday at a grocery store, to pay for the gas in my pimped out, navy blue...Chevy Citation...all of these lessons are now starting to make sense.
So as I spoke with my boys, I had to emphasize that how I am train them is 'for their own good.' This is training. I even have a motto around the house: if you see me working, YOU work! I just hope that they understood that this conversation was a demonstration of my love for them. Talk to me...I am NOS...