There are plenty of times that I tell my kids “no.” But there are also plenty of times I say “yes!”
And nearly once a week I say yes to donuts. Sure, I like them myself, but I have also raise kids that enjoy the special treat!
While parenting is most often about convincing your kids to endure pain to get better (take the gross medicine to heal) it is also teaching each other how to chase and embrace joy.
What are the things you can say yes to today to dig up a smile in your family or friends? Or just uncover your own smile?! Go for it.
Be it a donut, a string of silly jokes, a dance party, or petting every dog you meet in the park, go for it.
Some days, donuts will do, will you?
My son, a six-year-old with more energy than I ever remember having, did something pretty normal today. But I noticed keenly the way it made me feel. It brought a smile to my face and I wonder if that is how it is as we stand before God and try to squeeze out a life.
He had finished his lunch and was immersed in one of his favorite shows, “Brick by brick” which is a series where you simply watch a guy build lego sets. But then his watching turned into creating. He asked his mom to video him, or at least set it up, and the next thing I heard was “I am Ewen and today we are going to build a lego 100…”
On his own, desiring to bring to life his set of legos and somehow inspire others by filming it. Now, I doubt anyone will ever see the video. But his effort brought a smile to my face. There is something about witnessing your child come into his own, to recreate and create from scratch that stirs your affections, warms your heart, makes you feel human.
This, as meaningful as it is to me as a father, is just a glimpse in the joy the ultimate Father has when those he created live for what he has called us. In fact, in Christ, the smile of the Father is always on you. The smile of an unexplainable joy. The smile of assurance. The smile of correction and care. Always meant to comfort, spur on and draw home his children.
From my smile to his. What a life it is we get to live… Let’s keep going.
Some times we all need to be a bit more like the little redhead…