You Never Know What’s Going to Stick

by Zeke Flores

A while back, one of my daughters was going through a box of her papers that we had stored in our attic. She ran across a paper she had written and given to me in her teen years that listed 10 reasons why I should let her get her belly button pierced. In fatherly fashion, I responded with a list of my own why it was not such a good idea.

One day she texted a picture of the papers to me along with a "thank you" for not letting her do it! I texted back that I was such a mean daddy. No, she said, you were a caring daddy. It made my day. Man, it made my month!

I'm no expert, but perhaps a bigger lesson is that our kids need our guidance. We're their parents first and their friends later. Let's aim them right.

"Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one's youth" (Psalms 127:4).

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