Showing posts from January, 2019

A Time to Tear Down

During one of those slow summers when our son was still a boy, we built a fort in our woods. Since none of our trees was suitable for a tree fort, my husband crafted a fort perched up on log posts. 
It was such a brief season in our son’s life—when there was time for a fort, friends, and freedom. 
After that, the fort became a place I’d visit when I needed a quiet place to think. It was where my creative husband wrote songs on his guitar. 
None of us really noticed the time passing by.
Then the fort stood silent for years. We stopped visiting. Our son had graduated college and was busy building a life. I had projects taking my time. No new songs were written in that tree level perch.

But last week, seeing the door of the fort blown open by a recent storm, my husband climbed the debris covered stairs. He peeked inside and saw the roof had partially collapsed. 
When had that happened? 
We’d ignored the fort, and over time it had been telling us goodbye. No more boyhood laughter, or guitar melo…

Modern Manhood

I stood apart from my son and grandson, observing them as they watched the waves. I wondered what they might be thinking, as they stood, mostly silent, along the shore.
Then I imagined the world they live in with its increasing demands. Do they feel insecurities from an Instagram world with perfection on display? 
Hollywood often portrays men as goofballs or superheroes, but neither one is accurate. Modern manhood is evolving and I wonder what impact that has on them.
Will these two young men have a harder time accomplishing their goals? 
They face a competitive world with its vast online network, and a rapidly increasing workforce of artificial intelligence. Careers will look different in their lifetimes. I pray for them as they find their way.

They cope with competing voices for their attention. Enticing distractions can fill their hours, but leave them feeling empty. In a culture that constantly pushes and pulls, where can they go to unwind? I wonder if they can find solace in this comp…