So as some of you may have heard, I am going to soon be a father. I have to say that i’ve been pretty freaked out. There are alot of things I don’t know about kids and somehow i’m still allowed to raise one. This feels something like letting me wire a house. I’ve seen electrical wires, A few of my teachers in high school talked about how they work but I wasn’t really paying attention. I’m not saying that wiring a house is an impossible task for me but I don’t feel like it’s gonna go all that smoothly.
It is pretty cool though, don’t get me wrong I’m pretty excited. I actually have some experience with kids. My mom babysat children since I can remember so I’ve grown up playing and messing with little children. Kids are both the most awesome kind of people and the most annoying. Their awesome because of their energy and eagerness to relate and their innocent little view of the world. Their annoying becuase they have waaay more energy than me and can also be incredibly fussy little brats. I’ve always been able to enjoy the one and avoid the other. I would get my little cousins all wound up at holiday parties, messin with their heads and just acting crazy, then when I was tired I could simply go home and not worry at all that they now thought indoor soccer was a good idea.
but now I am the one who has to deal with the whining and the crying and the “michael’s making faces at me!”. I also want to raise my kids to see how awesome it is when people get together and live out the love of Christ in a way that is inviting and welcoming to the culture, without comprimising any of their beleifs and convictions. Problem is that i’m not sure I’ve got that one nailed myself. So I was really glad when I showed up to love ethics and Keith’s mom was there to teach about raising kids in today’s culture.
She had some really awesome things to say, things that seemed to be right on target for a christian who wanted to be effective in their childrens lives. It also made me realize that while I have been reading some secular books on kids I haven’t really dived into any christian literature on the subject. I guess It’s about time to start gettin that goin.