I'm so excited to introduce a very special guest poster and new series here at Chasing-Eden. When I first met my husband, Nate, I quickly realized that I was marrying a lover of words, and a grammar nerd. After our first date, I asked him if he had a good time and he replied, "Well, I typically spend my Friday nights diagramming sentences for fun so yeah, this was really nice." He had me at diagramming. Truly though, my hubbers loves writing and I have invited him to share another piece of this online space with me as a regular guest poster in a series titled, "Project | He Said." Please make him feel welcome in this predominately girly-space! Without further ado...here is the 1st Edition...
|Nate and Auggie :: March 2011|
Two bright, clear, blue eyes watch me cross the room and round the corner.
Just moments after I leave that gaze, I hear shuffling across the living room carpet,
then the thump-thwack of knees and hands crawling across the tile leading to our kitchen.
And the Little Cub peers around the corner, sees me, and smiles his four-toothed, drool-unleashing smile.
We've done this dozens of times. I leave the room for a moment to retrieve something,
and my almost 10-month-old son watches me intently - and follows my path.
He has watched me with singular focus since the day he was born.
He follows my movements, my face, my actions.
And now, now that he is mobile, he literally follows me wherever I go.
And so, I am reminded almost daily of the level of responsibility I bear as his father.
Whether I like it or not, his eyes are on me.
He sees what I do, and from what he sees, he makes connections about cause and effect,
about acceptable action, about what it means to be a man.
I am, for good or for bad, his primary example of masculinity.
And that thought inevitably leads me to question what kind of example am I giving him to follow.
The apostle Paul was able to say to his fellow believers in Corinth, "Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ." (1 Corinthians 11:1) And to the church in Philippi, Paul said, "What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me - practice these things." (Philippians 4:9) He set an example worth following. An example his brothers and sisters could rejoice in following. And he was worth following because he so closely followed Christ.
I long to be worth following. In the years to come, long after my son stops following me from room to room, I pray that he will see in me an example worth following. That his eyes will watch the way I go, and that after I've left this room and turned the corner, he'll see that my path has been one worth walking in.
I pray that my son will follow me, because I have chosen to follow the Son."
"Give me your heart, my son, and let your eyes delight in my ways." Proverbs 23:26