I really don’t even know where to begin. The past few weeks I have struggled. I think we all have those moments in our life where we are reminded of every opportunity we’ve missed and everything we are doing wrong and just can’t seem to find any encouragement.
This afternoon our son Brooks made a bad choice. So we talked about the heart behind our choices and after he served his consequences we sent him to his room to think about it. I have to tell you the next 30 minutes had my head spinning.
Brooks walked back into our room and told me he didn’t know what he should do so we talked about forgiveness and repentance. He asked what repentance meant and I told him it wasn’t about changing our actions it was about changing our hearts. He left again and went back to his room. I’m glad this is all written and you can’t see the tears that are coming. Brooks came back into our room tears in his eyes and he said “Dad, I want to talk to God the way you talk to God. I want to hear him the way you hear him.” He turned 9 this week and I am blown away by his understanding. I asked him”Brooks, you understand that I don’t audibly hear God’s voice, right?” He said yes. So I asked him what he thought I had, that he didn’t. All right, here come the waterworks. He said “I don’t know, I just want to be close to Him. I just want a relationship.”
I asked him if he believed that Jesus was God’s only son and he said yes. I asked him do you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross to cover all our sins, and he said yes. I said, “Brooks, have you ever asked Jesus to save you and come into your heart and life?” He paused for a while and thought hard and then said, “No.” I said, ” Is that what you’re looking for?” And like a lightbulb went off he said, “Yes, that’s what I want.”
I called Kimberly into the room and as a family we prayed together as Brooks asked Jesus into his life and gave his own life over to him. When Brooks finished the prayer he said, “I’m crying, but I’m not sad. I don’t know why.” He wasn’t able to describe what he was feeling in the moment other than overwhelmed and that’s when we were able to explain the gift of the Holy Spirit.
The joy our family has tonight and the pride I have as a father is unimaginable. Family, even in our struggles if we keep our faith in Christ the blessings are astonishing. Your children will know you by your fruit. They are more than listening, they are watching. My greatest joy was when my son asked me why I was crying I was able to tell him that it wasn’t because anything I had done as his father. I was just so happy to have the opportunity to watch Jesus work in my sons life. We wanted to share our joy with you. And like any good family, we sealed it with a selfie.