I heard something spill out of my youngest son Jedidiah's mouth which I have been longing to hear since he was born. During one of our morning commutes this joyful, energetic, and often witty kid unabatedly blurted out, "Dad what do you think about you and I doing a DNA group together?"
At our church a DNA group is a small group of a couple guys who get together weekly to study the Bible and hold one another accountable.
On the remainder of our drive to school we ironed out the details for our DNA group--when we would meet, what we would study, and where we would go.
We choose to meet on Saturday mornings at Starbucks (I wanted coffee and he wanted a cake pop). Fortunately, our children's ministry provides an app which gives resources to help parents disciple their kids. If you are interested in this resource here is the Parent Que link.
This past Saturday was our second meeting. Friday night I heard the clunking of feet coming down our wooden stairs. To ensure his dad didn't have a senior moment he politely reminded me, "Dad, tomorrow morning is DNA group. Make sure you get up early!" This time the Parent Que app handily provide me a lesson on sacrifical giving. We learned of a story about a twelve year old boy who selflessly gave away something that he treasured to another kid who had been left wanting. Below is that very story in video form.
Parenting is hard. It is filled with hard moments of discipline, sleepless nights brought on by worry, and a roller coaster of emotional battles. But its on days like these that it all comes into view.
I think he's getting it. I think all the hard work is paying off.