I know it will come as a huge shock to those who haven't been around the last 10 years- but I have no children yet. (Those of you who have been around know that and don't try to pretend you didn't!) However, that doesn't mean that I'm exempt from parenting chores. There are many, many children in my life that I have the opportunity and responsibility to help mold into holy and well-adjusted adults. As you parents know, this is no easy task.
Three of the children that I have the most influence with and on are the Myers kids. I'm very blessed by my friendship with Scott and Shelly. They share their children with me with no reservations (and sometimes with shouts of praise that I'm carting off all three!). I take this responsibility very seriously.
Lately, I've been struggling with how to influence and shape the way that God would have me. Jake turned 10 last August and since then, I've noticed (along with his parents) that some personality traits are emerging that aren't the best. Jake has always been a great kid. He hasn't stopped being a great kid. But he has moments.
I have no idea how to help a 10 year old boy cope with his anger over not hitting a baseball in a game. I have no idea how to reign him in more when he is torturing his younger brother. I have no idea how to help him see that his best is all we ask of him, not perfection.
So, I'm wrestling with these things. Hopefully, I'll gain some insight. Until then, I'll keep doing what I do best-love him to pieces and call him on the bad stuff while praising him for the good.