There are some authors that when they write, I listen. Henri Nouwen is one of those for me. As a follower of Christ, I am always looking to become more effective as a christian leader. When I come across something really good, I want to pass it on. This is one of those times.
Life is not full of easy-bake answers. In fact, it seems like the answers to the most important questions are the most difficult to come by. So what do you do while you wait? The answer might be difficult to hear.
Most boys are scared. It must be something they are born with. Some are afraid of the dark, afraid of the first day of school, afraid to fight, afraid to dance, afraid to ask a girl out, afraid to make a tough decision, or afraid to fail. They end up spending a lot of energy “hiding,” hoping nobody will catch on. Sadly for men, some things never change.
I must admit – I, too, am afraid of the dark.
I don’t know about you, but my wife and I end up teaching our kids at the most inopportune times. We wait for the kids to fight to teach them about loving their siblings. We wait for tears between them to teach them about selflessness. There is a better way to do this, but it takes having a plan to make it happen.
Have you considered being a foster parent? I’ve heard many questions over this past year about what it’s like to be a foster family. Words don’t do it justice, so I’m posting pictures every couple of weeks to help give it a “face.”