Most people look down on communications majors. They say it’s an easy major and not really that big of a deal. Some even chuckle and minimize the accomplishment amongst their Bachelor of Science kin but I think there’s real merit in a communications major, because, well, I am one. Ok, I know pre-med and accounting majors are crazy tough but I think there’s a lot to be said about well, saying things correctly. I feel so strongly about it that I have devoted a large portion of my life to that cause. And I have instilled this in my three OS, the value in being able to articulate their thoughts in a cogent and engaging manner. It has been a joy in my 18 years of motherhood to see my children flourish in this area of life. To think that I could have passed on a skill to my sons is incredibly humbling and rewarding. I have little to offer them athletically or intellectually. In fact, sometimes I think I don’t have much to give or offer, that the only things they could ever get from me are less than admirable qualities. (just being real here) Maybe that’s why this means so much.
However, last week I saw the Lord bestow a gift upon me. I saw my oldest OS address his high school class for one last time. Nathan was selected by his classmates to be one of a few chosen students asked to impart some final thoughts to his fellow seniors, underclassmen and their families. At the senior assembly, Nathan sent a charge to those left behind. He deftly handled the microphone and boldly proclaimed a powerful message. I have included a YouTube link if you want to see it. It’s a little hard to hear but so sweet. Worth 3:47 minutes of your life.
This week, my middle OS will also speak. He will address his middle school classmates. As the student body president for middle school, Aaron will offer his reflections upon his time in middle school. I have heard snippets of this presentation and I think it is quintessentially Spurny (my nickname for my boy which only his family is allowed to call him so don’t even try).
In a few weeks, I will be speaking at a high school baccalaureate to about 500 people and I pray my words will be as wise and clever as my children’s. This will be a daunting task so please pray that I will only share the words the Lord desires in a cogent and engaging manner. (sound familiar?)
I beamed with pride as I watched my beautiful child wax so eloquently. Here are a few of my favorite quotes,
“Don’t think that you have to be a straight A student to do well because life isn’t about grades and you are much more than your report card. You are the son or the daughter of the King of the Universe and He deserves nothing less than your best.”
“My parting message to you is to always do your best no matter what happens and no matter what life throws at you. In the end, you must do your best because you know that you are working for someone for greater than yourself. You’re not working for your parents or your teachers, you’re working for Jesus.”
If we are able to tape Aaron’s message, I will also post a link. Today I simply pause and puff with pride (in a motherly and most appropriate way, not cocky or boastful, but rather in a humbling and deeply thankful way) and consider this…
“A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.”
Trying not to cry, I simply say…
What a blessing to see Nate speak and how true his words were. The Lord has blessed him so much. I wish I could see Aaron’s. Can’t wait to hear about it!
You aren’t tooting their horns alone. Let me join the band! You have wonderful boys, and I know it’s a blessing to you to hear them share their hearts publically. Anson has played his horn in some fun venues lately, and I sit there so happy to get to receive his gift. Isn’t it a strange thing to see these people “of us” and yet “apart from us”. Where did these brilliant genes come from?! :)Amy
I wish I had that much direction at that age! You’ve done an amazing job at guiding your boys and I’m sure the Lord will continue to bless you for the work you’re doing in His Name.
Oh Cindy, you have given your boys many wonderful gifts, and I agree that the gift of speaking well is a valuable one. And just like Carol shared today, you have given that particular gift to many. I am also a recipient, and I will be forever grateful! Your guys are blessed to have you for their Mama, and you are blessed to have the three Shoots.
Cindy,You and Mark are *honor roll* parents; it’s no coincidence that all 3 of your OS are awesome. As parents you graduate at the top of the class!Best of luck to N8.
Sweetheart, as Nathan’s great aunt, I am beeming with pride also! Praise the Lord! You know, the greatest gift we give our children is not our abilities but our faith. You and Mark have done that –and they have received it–that’s the best! with love, Aunt Pam
You must be so proud! I can’t believe that the same little boy who used to come to Providence with Denise every now and then! Again, how proud you should be. I can only hope that Katie will grow up to value excellence, to speak boldly, and to proclaim God’s word. Cindy….your boys are indeed awesome olive shoots!