Fathers and Sons
My wife has ‘adopted’ a cardinal family that lives in a tree behind our home. I think she was originally wooed by the distinct, shrill chirp and vibrant colors of the male in the bright, morning sun. It has been a delight to watch the “husband and wife” flit about our yard, drink from the birdbath, and dine at the feeder that hangs from another tree. But even more inspiring has been playing witness to our feathered couple as they raise up a young male into adulthood.
When the little one was first born, we watched as the mother took on the bulk of the work – gathering food and tending to the needs of her son. But as he has grown older and is now in need of the training and discipline necessary to become a self-sufficient, adult bird, it has been the father who has taken over. That transition in care has been as formational as it has been fascinating. A very vivid reminder of the responsibilities I have toward my young son.
What am I going to to about it? I’m spending more time with my son. He and I have enrolled in Tae Kwan Do this year and are enjoying the challenge and the discipline together. This week I noticed a new, free Kindle book by Michael O’Donnell that popped up on my iPad. It is entitled What a Son Needs from His Dad: How a Man Prepares His Sons for Life. Fitting. I’ll read that and reflect on what it has to offer. Aside from that, I’ll take things one day at a time and see what opportunities God puts in my path.
What about you? How are you training up your son and preparing him for life. Leave a comment and share with us all.