Growing up brings many “coming of age” moments. For our oldest son, he’s experiencing a pretty big one today: Shaving for the first time.
I remember my first shave. I was pretty nervous about it. Of course, that may be also due to the fact that I was in fifth grade when that happened. Yes, I shaved my mustache every two weeks at that point. By middle school, I was dressing like a back woodsman with a beard down to my belly button and a deep, gravelly voice that drove the girls crazy. (Ok, maybe I didn’t have the beard. Or the backwoods clothing. I had the deep voice, but no girls. Fine…forget it. Moving on.)
William will be shaving his rather thick mustache today. My wife pointed out that he even has an inch-long hair or two on his throat under his chin. Yup…it’s time to shave. He’s pretty excited about it. Monumental moments in the coming of age process and this is one of them.
Do you see them with your kids? Unfortunately, my Dad wasn’t too keen on taking advantage of moments like this. That’s not going to happen with my boys. I just pray that God helps me see them when they come along (I’m certainly looking for them). What kind of influence can a Dad have on a child during this coming of age process? I totally believe it’s more than us Dads can possibly fathom. What about our Heavenly Father? He’s the Dad of all Dads, right? You can bet He doesn’t miss a single one of these kind of moments in our walk with Him. We are told very clearly in His Word that He has never failed us and He never will.
So when a coming of age moment like shaving for the first time comes up, look out! Someone’s going to get cut. And deal with ingrown hairs. And sensitive skin. But he’ll get used to it. He’s got a good example to follow in his Dad.