One thing I looked forward to when Keri and I realized we were going to have our first child was the opportunity to teach our daughter and watch her learn new things. Now that I’ve got two years under my belt, I have to say that I thoroughly enjoy being a dad. I love having the opportunity to love, teach, and instruct my daughter as she grows. I love that I get to have a part in paving the way for her to love and embrace Jesus as her Savior and Lord.
The thing I didn’t expect was to learn so much from my daughter. Keri and I may be teaching Brynna her about colors, numbers, letters, and God, but God is using Brynna to teach me things every day too. Here are some examples:
- It’s a waste of time to worry too much about looking silly to other people.
- Rather than putting stickers on your shirt or on paper, it’s much more fun to stick them on your hand, or foot, or face.
- The world is an amazing place and full of wonder.
This last one has really impacted me. For Brynna, almost everything is a cause for amazement: eating ice cream, seeing a friend, reading a book at bedtime, and playing in the sandbox. Each of these things seems new and fresh to her – as if she’s experiencing them for the first time.
I want to be like my Brynna. I want to be full of amazement about life, and I especially want to approach God that way. I want to break free from the jaded cynicism that the years try to pile onto my heart as I progress through life.
I want to live a life full of love, passion, innocence, and amazement. I want to live a life of abandon to my King.
Lots of good stuff to relearn… but I’ve got a great teacher.