Friday was Parent Visitation Day at the kids school. As Katie and I went we were a little worried, a little hesitant, kind of dreading the visit. You see, for the past year Iyanu (Miracle) hasn’t been the kid to receive too many compliments from outsiders. Lets just say I don’t have a bumper sticker saying, “Honor Roll Kid Dad”!! In fact his teachers, friends, and even family are quick to tell us, “That boy is stubborn, he plays too much, his grades are poor, he has a temper, he is always up to no good!” So, driving to school Friday we prepared ourselves for these words. As Iyanu’ s father these comments sting. Especially because this isn’t the Iyanu I know exist. Sure at home he has his moments, but he is good; he is kind and loving. I know hidden underneath that tough, stoic exterior is a heart of virtue. The condition of his heart is what gives me hope. He can learn to be thoughtful and respectful of our family and others.
Well, I left school that day with a heart so FULL. Like the feeling of hitting a walk off grand slam. His teacher sat Katie and I down and said, “She had NO COMPLAINTS. His attitude and work ethic has improved a lot, and his results show the same!” We asked, “Are you SURE there is nothing we need to work on?” And she assured us, “No, he is doing fine!” As we turned to look at Iyanu sitting beside us his face was beaming- all smiles! We hugged him, and celebrated in this small victory. Later explaining how proud we are because change is not easy. It takes humility, and it takes work! I always tell him a quote my Dad told me growing up, “If it was easy everybody would do it!” Being a good parent, son, worker, and CHRIST FOLLOWER is not easy. To make the commitment day in and day out is what separates you from the rest of the world. Iyanu has made the decision to change, and I couldn’t be prouder.
Well today we celebrate his 11th birthday, and my 1st as his father. A fast growing 11 year old; I know him and I both still have a lot of work ahead. However, I am beyond grateful to the Lord for how far He has brought us. For I take no credit, its only through HIM this birthday “Miracle” is possible! Happy Birthday Son!
“Therefore, as the scripture say, “If you want to boast, boast only about the Lord.”
1 Corinthians 1:31
“If I must boast, I would rather boast about the things that show how weak I am.”
2 Corinthians 11:30