Cowboys and Indians-Cops and Robbers-Pirates and Sailors-Good Guys and Bad Guys, from an early age, little boys understand the idea of conquering something and facing an adversary.
One of the most fun things I have been teaching my boys lately, is the idea of conquering, or reaching a goal. My youngest will be four in January and the other day we were hiking through the woods, he wanted to play follow the leader, and He was the leader,(he made that very clear). It felt so great to be behind him and to encourage him when he reached a point where he thought he couldn’t go on.
While I walked behind him occasionally he would see a few big rocks or a fallen tree in the path where he was going, he would stop and look back and say “daddy help” and all I had to do was encourage him, and tell him to be careful but he could do it. His face would literally light up each time he conquered his task. While we were walking with no apparent goal, I saw a big tree that was fairly close and told him our goal was to reach that tree, and in typical boyish fashion, when he reached it he looked back with such a proud face and said “beat ya”.
I can’t tell you how much I have learned about God from being a father myself. I know we will always have adversaries in our lives, and specifically as men, we wish to conquer that which is in front of us. Isn’t our heavenly father like that? So often He is behind us, encouraging us throughout our trials, where we face a situation that looks impossible in our own strength, and He whispers to us “You can do it” and it gives us the confidence to keep pressing on, and when we conquer something, it builds our faith, both in God and in ourselves.
I pray that daily, we continue to seek God for encouragement, for leading, guiding and directing us where He wants us to go, and for checking our pride, so that we won’t be the ones that when we conquer a task that couldn’t have been done without God’s help, we don’t reach our goal, look back and say, “beat Ya”.