My son Tim and I had a nice mens night out Thursday that was one of the simplest, most blessed couple of hours I think I ever shared with him as a young man. We did next to nothing, really.
Since my wife, Sandy was out visiting a girlfriend for dinner that night we decided it would be a good chance to have dinner out a our favorite sports restaurant, Beef O’Brady’s and hike across the street to our favorite Starbucks for a latte and a hot chocolate.
I am amazed by how much my son knows about a great many things on a variety of topics beyond motorsports and football and how he has some sophisticated opinions about things from politics to the culture and life in general. He is reading a book for his own enlightenment and entertainment called Jesus Freaks by dc Talk and The Voice of the Martyrs.
He has insisted I read this and is passionate that I do so as soon as possible after he is done with it. The book itself is about people who have lived for Christ throughout history and identifies many nations who now persecute Christians. I don’t know where he acquired this passion but it is unmistakable for what it is. It is a prayer answered after many years that he come to this point where he is passionate for anything that glorifies our Lord. Something huge is happening here and I know God is working.
In exchange for this I made him a deal. I will read this book and asked that he make a top priority out of reading a book I got him for Christmas. It’s called A Guy’s Guide to Life by Jason Boyett. It covers topics that should be of interest to every young man like dating, purity, shaving, gentlemanly behavior and other disciplines especially important to Christians in a world that is increasingly hostile to our beliefs and which seeks to tear down our ideals, values, and practices. He agreed and I believe he’ll follow up.
I want to encourage all parents, whether single or married, divorced, widowed, or remarried to keep time aside every day for a few minutes, every week for a little while for your sons and daughters. One need say very little. Pray with them and teach them to pray. Jesus had to teach His kids to pray and expects that of us. I love the A.C.T.S. formula. It is the one Jesus taught us in the Lord’s Prayer.
- A for Adoration of God for Who He is
- C for Confession of our sins, whether deliberate or merely negligent
- T for Thanksgiving for all the blessings our loving God has given us despite our sin
- S for Supplication where we ask for His daily bread and surrender to His way and not seek our way.
Tomorrow, Tim begins a new chapter in his spiritual walk as he begins a 21 week program in discipleship and comes to an even greater knowledge of who he is in Christ and how God intends to use him in His kingdom. I am so excited!
Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:1-2
Well, here’s hoping you and your children have a wonderfully blessed and happy week!