My son turned 8 last month and apparently it is a very wise age. Here are a few bits of wisdom he has shared with me since his June Birthday:
About a month ago, while at the mall he stopped in front of a Disney Store to examine their Pirates Of The Caribbean Merchandising display. He seemed pleased with it until his eyes landed on a pink t-shirt featuring a picture of Johnny Depp. “That’s just wrong,” my son said. “Pirates are NOT supposed to be PINK! He’s Captain Jack Sparrow! Not Hello Kitty!”
Truer words have never been spoken.
Then, on a more serious note, my son asked me about our President and why he’s so cocky (in my defense he picked that one up from his grandparents). Anyhoo, I told him that the problem, as far as I was concerned, lay with our President’s apparent conviction that he was appointed to his position by God and that this gives him some kind of Pope like authority (although most Popes are a little more articulate). My son giggled and asked, “Are you saying that he thinks God put him in office? Not the people?”
“Not exactly,” I said, “it’s more like he thinks God made the people elect him.”
When he heard this my little guy became very pensive. After a moment’s thought he said, “No. God lets us choose our own fate. He just shows us the options. The problem is that what we really want isn’t always on the menu.”
It took me a few minutes to pick myself off the floor after that comeback and while he said this over a week ago I haven’t been able to stop thinking about that conversation. In my own mind I’ve expanded his loose analogy and applied it to the changes I’m making in my own life. Tomorrow night I’ll write a little more about that but right now I’m going to go to bed. God does allow us to choose our fate and tonight I believe I’m fated to begin a rare but much needed 8 hours stretch of uninterrupted sleep.
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