Have you ever been in a situation when your kids have used your own words against you?
Recently, my wife and I were engaged in a fairly serious conversation over coffee during one of my days off. My youngest son emerged from the basement and sat by me at the kitchen table. He began to play his DS (Lego Star Wars, I believe) while we were talking. At some point in our conversation, I said, “… I just don’t think I can do it anymore … I think I’m done…” My son, without looking up, spoke right on cue: “Never Give Up! Never Surrender!” His words halted our conversation. I’m pretty sure he had no idea the context of what we were discussing, but we heard him loud and clear: “Never Give Up! Never Surrender!”
As a parent, I have the awesome privilege of speaking virtue into our kid’s lives. On that rare occasion when they voice those virtues back at me, I want to listen intently and take truth to heart. I honestly didn’t expect to listen to my own words from the voice of my four-year-old son, but I’m glad I did.
Perhaps you need to do as I did. I opened my Bible to read:
- Psalm 139:1-24. God reminds me that He created me, He sees me, and He leads me along the path of everlasting when I allow Him to do so.
- Philippians 3:13-15. Paul reminds me that I must strain forward and press on to accomplish God’s call on my life.
- Galatians 6:8-10. I will reap what I sow! Lord, help me to be a parent that sows the good seeds of the Spirit into the hearts of my children. It is in that truth, I have the strength to “Never Give Up and Never Surrender!”