Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Little Boys Who Are Wild At Heart

I find it amazing how God wired little boys.

At an early age they are drawn to guns, swords, battles, blood, and guts.

This morning a simple sheet of paper became a sword. Wood toy guns often challenge the Hottie Hubby to a duel when he walks in the door from battling the computer all day. The mere mention of a potential fight produces a glimmer of chivalry in Hottie's eye as he even pretends to protect me from the pirates who have ransacked our house.

Out of the collection of 6 or so historical cartoon books we recently acquired to review, the Granola boys chose the one that was the most violent. We sat down to read said historical cartoon gladiator book. The estrogen filled voice of mine really didn't look forward to explaining the various killing instruments used throughout history.

However, my Granola boys willingly sat down on the couch for a good 1/2 hour, joyfully getting up to keep Mr. Smiley happy so that I could continue reading.

At one point I asked, "Do you really like all of this fighting and blood and guts?"

I was answered with a resounding "YES!"

But why? "Because it is fun." Fun? Are you serious?

Physical combat is not something that I will ever understand, but one thing I do know from reading John Eldridge's book, Wild at Heart, is that God wired boys . . . men to defend, protect, and be physical.

Through that danger we see a glimpse of our passionate God who would do anything to protect and defend us.

So when people hear my sons say, "Mommy, do you think that was dangerous and I was brave?" You better bet I take that opportunity to encourage them to be dangerous and brave. God made them to display strength, to defend, to stand strong. He is shaping them to be warrior's for Him.


Susan said...

So true. I have 6 girls and one boy who is 14 months old. I have seen the difference in him in many things. One for sure is he loves to be rough. The girls scream and run from daddy when he tries to get them but the little man loves it and wants more.
Very amazing how God made us so different.

Evolving Mommy Catherine said...

Maddy has been playing with the same playgroup kids since she was 2 weeks old. All the kids are around the same age and it has always stood out to me how differently boys and girls play. A lot of it really is nature and not nurture.

Susan said...

Thank you for the encouraging comment. I am sorry that you are going through a sad time also. The Lord has been so faithful to our family through this. I have seen His hand many times. Praying this for you.

Kari @ p.s. love.love. said...

Very good!!!! There is a time for all of that and being a wimp is not God's plan!
ps...started using the diva cup today and will let you know how that goes!!!

Annie said...

What a beautiful post! The differences between boys and girls still astounds me. God did indeed create men to protect women and it isn't wimpy or un feminine of me to say so :)

I love that your boys can turn a piece of paper into a gun, how funny!