A little while back, we had a conversation that I never thought we would have…..he told me that he wanted to take a break from sports.
To be honest, my first reaction was to convince him to stick it out. I tried to sway him with my best arguments, but to no avail.
He had played soccer for a few seasons and he was getting really good at it. I thought he should keep playing. I thought he should keep practicing and getting better. I thought it was fun to see him practice. I enjoyed being outdoors with the family, I enjoyed…..I, I, I, I, I. There’s a lot of I’s there, I know. It’s about Ben, not me, right?
As Ben and I continued talking about his reasons for not playing, I learned something: Ben’s likes and dislikes are different from my likes and dislikes. It’s a pretty simple concept really, but it’s been a little challenging for me.
So, to try something new, he wanted to learn how to cook. My wife, Pam is so amazing in the kitchen and luckily, she’s open to sharing her skills with Ben. It’s been really cool to see.
We also got him plugged into Cub Scouts. What a neat, old-fashioned deal they have going there.
Oh yeah, he’s having fun learning how to swim as well.
Excitement, passion and contentment are shining through his big blue eyes as he pursues these new interests. That excites me and it blesses me.
The truth is, I need to be supportive no matter what he pursues. More than that, I need to walk beside him in love as his interests change and mature.
As a dad, I want the best for my son. I’m learning a very important lesson as I see Ben grow: Happiness and character don’t just exist once we reach the final destination….it’s the steps along the way that mold us most. The journey is where we discover God’s purpose for our lives….our passion or calling, so to speak.
That’s where Ben is right now. He’s finding his footing in life. What a cool journey to witness and be a part of.
My job is to be there, always, with supportive words, fist bumps, forehead kisses and a whole bunch of “I’m proud of you’s.”
Truthfully, this isn’t only Ben’s journey, this is my adventure too.