It’s amazing how many things you learn about yourself from raising children. Right now, I’m sitting on Father’s Day after hearing a Father’s Day message exorting me to be a more involved and loving dad thinking about the many things that my kids teach me about myself, and wondering what things they do that imitate me that I’m not even aware.
One of the things that hit me as far as something that grown people continue to do, and yet we tell our children that they shouldn’t do it was evident this morning on our way out the door to church– even though it started yesterday.
Yesterday we were off to a graduation party, and I was going about putting my children’s shoes on their feet. The oldest brought a pair of Spiderman sneakers to me in hopes I would put them on him. Of course, they were too small for him now, but would fit his younger brother. This wouldn’t do for the older brother, and so he cried. It was fine for him to wear the Spidermans, but not for his brother. So, they had to wear their matching Thomas the train in their repective sizes.
How much like us are they in our non-contentment or when we wish that we had or could do something that others can do but we can’t because of prior committments or our responsibilities. It should challenge us to be the adults we want our children to be.