Thursday, October 4, 2012

wild at heart

I recently began reading 
an amazing book
Wild at Heart
John Eldredge.

It is a Christian book
about boys and men
and their inherent desire
to be warriors.

Or more accurately,
it discusses
authentic masculinity
"defined in the image of a passionate God."

The book's description says all boys have:
 "big dreams,  dreams of being the hero, of beating the bad guys, of doing daring feats and rescuing the damsel in distress."

It is a wonderful book
and my only regret 
is that I didn't read it 10 years ago.
I think I would have had a better understanding
of my son
when he was more obviously
wild at heart.

I was so excited about the book,
I began to share what I had learned
 with my husband.
I felt that Lyons needed to 
conquer something
 (besides video games).
So with that encouragement,
John made reservations to go
White Water rafting.

We didn't tell Lyons 
because we knew he'd come up with: 
"100 Reasons Not to Go White Water Rafting."

In fact,
on the winding mountain roads of North Georgia,
as their destination became clear,
Lyons lamented that there were 
three things he didn't want to do that day
~ one of which was rafting.

It didn't help that it 
was the first chilly day 
of fall.

They entered the boat with
much trepidation.

The air was cold.
The water colder.
The rapids sinister.

as you can clearly see,
he loved every minute!

My warrior,
my boy,
who conquered
the river.


  1. Replies
    1. Thank you! :-)
      Just wish we had created more of these experiences earlier!