Thursday, September 22, 2011

:: WP Challenge Day 17 - Gentleness ::

As women, gentleness is typically ingrained into our DNA - we're a little more sensitive, tuned into emotions, and see the world and others through a softer lens than our macho counterparts.  As such, we have a unique opportunity to impart some of that gentleness to our rough and tumble warriors.  Even though he is only 6 months old, our Lion Cub is already exhibiting behavior and personality traits that I do NOT understand as a woman (I didn't have brothers either).  As I look at how he responds to his little world and attacks (almost literally) tasks and learning new things, I'm starting to realize the important role I am going to play in training and teaching him to treat others in a gentle manner and to be sensitive to the needs and feelings of those around him.  Brooke says it best:
"Aggression in men is commonplace.  It may not manifest itself the same way for all of them, but it's there nonetheless.  For the physical boys, it shows up in their need to be on the top of the wrestling pile.  For the intellectuals, it shows up in their need to score the highest on the exam or be at the top of the class.  Personally, I don't think there's anything wrong with aggression.  I don't want to break my sons of their aggressive streak and I'm learning not to be afraid of it.  But I do want teach them how and when to use it.  I'm beginning to think that gentleness is more of an approach to life than a specific characteristic to develop.  Since they were born, we've whispered these words into our sons' ears:  'God made men to protect women and care for them.  God made you a big brother!  Your job is to protect your little brother, not hurt him.  There's a time to play and a time to listen.  If you can't listen, you have to feel (true in so many aspects of life).  God wants you to use your strength to protect, not to hurt.  Superhero's don't look for fights, but they will fight to protect others.  It's okay to want to be the best, but the best people in life are the ones who serve others.  A gentle word turns away wrath...'"

"But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere." James 3:17

:: Assignment for Today ::
  • Reading: None
  • Prayers: Gentleness
  • Comment: For most of us, our boys are anything but gentle.  They are rough and tumble balls of energy!  What are some ways we can encourage gentleness in their interactions?