We have four boys. Their room is scattered with Nerf guns, Legos, Star Wars posters, and so on.
Recently we’ve entered the Super Hero realm. Captain America. The Winter Soldier. Iron Man. My knowledge is growing each day.
Then there are the movies. How much is too much?
There’s a balance. Can we ever fully protect them from everything? And could it possibly become a disservice when we hold too tightly? When we overreact and under explain? Could we be encouraging them to rebel?
You see…We want our boys to be looking for a hero. We want them to pull for the good guy. We want them to know what it is to be a man. And that doesn’t necessarily mean muscles, a nice car, or a pretty girl.
The hero they’re looking for isn’t found in the most recent movie or comic book.
So Jeremy and I watch the movie first. We check Plugged In. Then we watch it with the boys. Often we fast forward. But most importantly, we talk.
And it ends with this…Who was the hero? What made him the hero? Do you know that everyone’s looking for a hero? Who are they looking for?
And without fail one of them gets it…Jesus is the hero.
He came with super powers, but He chose to lay them down. He came with ultimate strength, but He chose to be weak. He wasn’t just willing to die, He did die. For you. For me.
Yes, as parents we must be wise. We must protect.
But we also must prepare. We could teach our kids how to filter everything through the Gospel. How to look for Him in everything they face.
Because we are all looking for the same thing. A Hero. And we are willing to do whatever it takes to reach our boys with this message.
“Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” (Philippians 2:5-8)
Here’s a little snapshot of their room!