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How my nine year old son is an example to me (and you, too)

♥ Be still my heart ♥

My nine year old son and my two year old ‘baby’ girl. Together. Often joined at the hip. With six children they have built in friends. Sometimes they get along and sometimes they do not. Some are closer to one more than another. While I am grateful they do love each and look out for each other, it warms my heart see how close they can be. Like my son and his baby sister. Since her birth I have often found these two together. He would sit and rock her when she fussed, often singing a lullaby, and still does.  He would always plant a kiss on top of her head as a baby and to this day he still gives her a kiss on top of her head. When she is scared or upset she will run to her “brubber” to be picked up. He will console her until she calms down before sending her on her way. He is so tender and gentle with her in a way that many boys may not be with a sibling. Let me tell you that is a mud-slingin’, dirty-faced, jumping from a tree boy. He is all boy. Taking baths are not high on his list of things to do. In fact after a bath he often is dirty within the hour.  So when I see him being so tender with his sister, I know its out of love. fruit-bowl-1600023_640.jpg Separated by seven years, they are inseparable.  There was a time period he insisted on her ‘sharing’ his room. So we wheeled her crib in there and for five months they shared a room. When I watch him with his baby sister I see him demonstrate patience, love, and kindness. They are the perfect example of brotherly and sisterly love. Of course, it is adorable when I see these two together, but there is a lesson in it for me.  My son is not perfect, but he is a good example of the fruits of the spirit: love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness and self-control.  Galatians 5:22-23. I could learn something by watching him and am often reminded of my ways. I am afraid that sometimes I am not being patient, so when I see him kindly explaining to her why she should not break his Lego tower apart, after she destroyed it; it is refreshing for me to see patience in action. My little man at the tender age of nine is an example to me. I am so grateful for that. These little glimpses offer me a peek into our heavenly Father’s character and what he expects from us as his children.

As a new Christian years ago I remember thinking it would be so much easier for me from now to always be a sweet and nice person. I thought because I was born again in the Spirit to just be Godly in character. Ha!  Not quite.

Christian are human, too.We get angry, do stupid things, and say unkind words. Human nature will still rear its ugly head. The difference is that, as a Christian we are to be aware of what we are doing wrong and know what we are to do to live a Godly life.  We are reminded to demonstrate the fruits of the spirit. “Fruit of the Spirit” is a biblical term that sums up the nine attributes of a true Christian life. Each of these is a characteristic of the Holy Spirit’s active presence in our daily activities.   It is not easy. I need to read my Bible daily. I need to pray. I need to be humbled many times over and realize I am not perfect. At these moments I seek His face. I enjoy His grace. I can rest knowing it is sufficient for me. Until then I am keeping my eyes on the prize and trying to have an eternal vision.    

2 thoughts on “How my nine year old son is an example to me (and you, too)

  1. I really enjoyed this post. <3 Your son sounds like a sweetheart!! And yes, absolutely – we must put Him first, reading His Word and spending time talking (and listening!) to Him as much as we possibly can. It is only when we have our eyes on Him that we can grow and become more like Him. 🙂

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