My youngest son turns two years old today!  It amazes me how quickly he has grown and developed his own unique God given personality, so much different than my oldest son who is almost 7 years old.  Raising two young men is a huge responsibility.  They will be someones husband one day, someones father and someones leader and friend.  The information I give them today will be the foundation of the future choices and decisions they will make that will either help or hurt those around them.

The other day I was studying for a message and I wrote these words, “Plant seeds today that will bloom in generations to come”.  I cannot get away from this phrase!  It haunts me and stirs emotion deep within.  What am I planting in my boys today that will bloom in generations to come?  Anger? Lust? Doubt? Fear? or Am I teaching them to be Independent thinkers and trust their choices, To respond rather than to react, to Love deeply rather than to Lust.  I am the farmer, and their little hearts are the soil in which I can plant any number of these things.

As my sons mature and grow into their life, My desire is the be a good farmer.  To help them produce good crops and to establish a way of living that is God centered and others focused.  My desire is to raise them to live a life according to 1 Theselonians 4:11-12

We urge you to love even greater.  Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we have taught you.  Then people who are not Christians will respect the way you live, and you will not need to depend on others.

What seeds are you planting today?  What are you passing down intentionally and unintentionally.  Amy and I have made it our goal to be more intentional about creating the environment in our home in which to raise our boys to become men.  Men of God, Men of promise, Men of character, and Men of integrity.  Sow wisely…