I am less concerned with my sons’ happiness than with their holiness. Yes, I said it, I know it’s not a popular sentiment.
They know I adore them and want them to live contented, satisfied lives but being a righteous man is the most important desire I have for my three olive shoots.
Not a monk-like existence, depriving themselves of some of life’s greatest joys but for them to care less about human applause than pleasing the Lord.
When my oldest OS was about 14 years old, we had a ceremony welcoming him into manhood.
He was prayed over, offered words of wisdom, a godly collection of men who loved and cared about his life. I served snacks and watched from afar. It was sweet helping usher Nate into this stage of life. As a Christian, there are not many ceremonies we have to mark this passage into adulthood. Our family made its own tradition.
One of the Scriptures we used as a cornerstone was
Jeremiah 17: 7-8
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord.
He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream,
and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green,
and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.”
My prayer is that my boys will experience true happiness by following Jesus. Lord may they experience much fruit on their spiritual tree.
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