Today My Son Stood for Something…
Get the word out. Teach all these things.
And don’t let anyone put you down because you’re young.
Teach believers with your life: by word, by demeanor, by love, by faith, by integrity.
1 timothy 4:12
My 4th grade son passed out Bibles to his entire class today on the last day of school….on his own accord. Months ago, he came and told me his idea, and then proceeded to let me know that he had saved enough money to buy them — over $100.00. My husband and I encouraged him, supported him, and then sat back and watched. His resolve never wavered about the idea, and today he followed through. On June 8, 2012, my son took a risk and stood for something.
I don’t know if you’ve been around any public schools lately, but I wouldn’t say passing out Bibles hits the top 10 list of the coolest things to do, especially for a 4th grade boy. However, in my book, it’s one of the most courageous things I’ve ever seen.
Courage. Conviction. Boldness.
That’s why he passed them out. That’s why he spent his money on his classmates. He wants them to have the opportunity to come to know the God who has touched his life in a powerful way. He’s passionate about it. If you knew my son, you would realize just how much it must mean to him because he is not someone who likes to draw attention to himself, or to be center stage in any way. He was being obedient to the nudge he felt God was placing on his heart.
A good friend of mine once said that her desire for her kids is to see them stand on her spiritual shoulders and far surpass her depth of faith. No question, today Dawson stood on my shoulders. As I watched my 10 year old place his hands over those books before school, and pray a heart-felt, sincere prayer for the classmates who would be receiving them, my heart was inspired, touched, and convicted. Am I willing to go out of my comfort zone in my faith like my son? Do I hear the whisper of God in my life and then follow through on what he is calling me to do, even when it puts me at risk?
There are some parents who may not agree with what my son did. There are some who will simply throw the Bible in the recycling bin. Some will keep it, and may even read a few words from its pages. Whatever the response from others, God is using this significant moment to help form my son’s heart and character.
At a time when the pressure is building to conform, my son stood. When it came time to put faith to action, he stood. Alone? No, never alone. With God. Standing on my shoulders.