Advice for Your Earthly Adventure

Boys and bb gunsHe is nine, and inspired by Indiana Jones and Davy Crockett. He loves Magic Tree House books and titles like The Sign of the Beaver  and Gentle Ben. What he knows from nearly a decade of earthly experience is this: be prepared. Be brave. Be willing to step into the sunshine with only your wits — and maybe a BB gun. Yesterday, he chopped wood with an ax and I praised his hard work. His reply: “Well since you like it, would you tell Dad? He told me not to do it by myself.”

Life is full of beautiful dilemmas. Do we scold when our rules are broken, or offer grace for gentle souls determined to prove their worth? Do we admonish modest attempts at greatness when they go against our preconceived standards? The answer is not concrete, but instead … sometimes …  and sometimes not.  

Sometimes there is no other choice. We must hold fast to our core beliefs and heavenly commandments. But there should always — always — be kindness, humility and benevolence. There should always be shelter for the weary, welcome for lost and struggling souls. And yes, gentle rebuke and forgiveness for those who cross the line in our sand. But remember:

Rebuke the broken rule, but pardon the person and praise every sincere effort.

Advice for parenthood and all earthly living.


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  • comment-avatar
    Susanne May 8, 2015 (2:50 pm)

    Life is always interesting when there is a little boy involved. 🙂
    (That’s not to say girl’s aren’t either!)

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    Laurie May 13, 2015 (6:56 am)

    It is SOMETIMES easier to ask forgiveness than permission.