Reprove a wise man

There’s something you have no idea about. You have no idea how much I love you and Dad both.

Just something my son said to me the other night while he and I were chilling in front of the TV. I got a little nervous after the first sentence and was very delighted and surprised by the second. James does these kind of things. Maybe I shouldn’t be surprised, but I am. It seems there are many things in which you can be deliberately teaching and training your son and then there are some things that just happen. I think what takes me by surprise most often is the fact that James doesn’t take his situation for granted — and he would have every reason to take it for granted. He doesn’t know any other life but what he has. But somehow he does know. And what compels him to express this to me is….well…I just don’t know, but it is a wonderful thing.

Actually, that evening of sharing his feelings came after a couple of mornings of deliberate correction after an act of disobedience and some untimely silliness. There’s something about the correction that gives a boy peace and security. And then 12 hours later or so it wells up in his heart and he turns to his Mom and says some beautiful words. If it is this good at 7, what do the years ahead hold for us?

Reprove a wise man, and he will love you.
Instruct a wise man, and he will be still wiser.
Teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning. ~Proverbs 9:8,9

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