Recently we went camping, setting up our temporary digs in an RV park near a large city. Our next door neighbor was an elderly man, staying for six weeks so that he could take advantage of the excellent medical facilities nearby. Several weeks into his stay, I asked him how he was recovering from cataract surgery.
“I can see as if I were twenty years old again!” He replied. “With my new eyes, new teeth, and new hearing aids, I feel like Mr. Potato Head.” He made me laugh.
Being made new on the outside is certainly cause for rejoicing. But being made new on the inside is even more freeing.
You know that fleeting feeling of newness that comes when you have done something well? The confidence that comes from seeing that you are becoming the best version of yourself ? You 2.0?
The question is, are we teaching our children to feel like Mr. Potato Head, too? Are we allowing them, on the inside, to replace malfunctioning parts with new ones? Replace mistakes with new opportunities for success? Replace bad memories with good ones?
When a child does something wrong, it is important that we let him know that he can be made new again. That he can receive new eyes, seeing himself successful and well-loved. New ears where he can hear good words about how he is valued and capable. New joy that comes from doing something well.
Let us remember today to give ourselves – and our children – new inward parts, new confidence, and new opportunities for success.
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Last Friday some friends stopped by for a visit.
During our morning conversation, they shared that their son had stepped down as senior pastor of his church and moved with his wife and one year old son to live with the mother in a different state. The distance from the mother’s couch to the front door was a short one.
The sudden uprooting of this small family made us all sad. What happened? Their son and his wife were not talking – to each other – or to family. One could only guess. Our conclusion was that this little family needed healing. Deep, at the core, healing.
Don’t we all.
None of us is perfect. And none of us will ever achieve perfection in this life. We are all struggling, in different ways, to walk out each challenge with wisdom, forgiveness, and patience.
No one ever said it would be easy. No one ever said we would arrive at the end of our lives unscathed. All we can do is make wise choices along the way.
- To choose kindness.
- To resist the temptation to judge one another.
- To share forgiveness.
All are worthy goals – quality attributes to walk out in front of our children.
THIS is the inheritance they will receive. The examples of excellent character we demonstrate now are what we will eventually leave behind.
THIS will be our legacy.
Today, let us add to their inheritance.
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(A Faith Classic)