Recently he’s been tough. During the day, his brothers and I tip-toe around him. Worried we may get lashed out at. Wondering who his selfishness will attack next.
He gets it honest. I am selfish at my core. I feel entitled to certain things. I want comfort and rest and to eat whatever I want and be skinny.
Welcome to the world of sin, son. Welcome to the battle.
But it hit the fan the other day. And it was time to stand firm. Humbly. To open up the Word and fight this…again.
“Son, do you know what a hero does?” “He fights for something.”
“Yes. Heroes fight for those they love. They sacrifice what they want for others.”
(He was starting to listen.)
“Why was King Tirian a hero?” “He was willing to die for the people in Narnia.”
“Why was Harry Potter a hero?” “He was willing to die for his friends.”
“Why was Rose (from The Last Jedi) a hero?” “She was willing to die for Finn.”
(Now he was really listening…Conversations that start with kings or the Winter Soldier or Malfoy get a lot of attention around here.)
“Yes. But you know the real hero is. You know who did die for us.”
“And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” (Philippians 2:8)
“You want to follow Him? Then you sacrifice. For your brothers. For your sister. For your friends. For those you don’t know.”
I believe our little boys need heroes. They need to see sacrifice. They need to see bravery.
And yes, we protect their innocence and screen what they see, but we can’t deprive them of what it means to be a man. Of what it means to stand up for what you believe in. Or lay it all down for someone else.
We can choose to see today’s media as an enemy. Or we can choose to see it as a tool.
All the while, praying for wisdom, having hard conversations, and believing that the real “Hero,” the One who gave up everything for our precious children, will patiently and lovingly draw them to Himself.
The Last Jedi was a hit with the cousins!