Well, I think I've given up thinking that my 2 boys (11 and 8) will gain common sense any time soon... though I am still consistently praying that the Lord would give them just an ounce of common sense to get them through these "tween" and "teen" years alive. Since my boys were tiny, I have consistently prayed that God would show me their strengths, weaknesses, and the gifts and talents He's given them, and I'm not surprised to say that He has given me great insight into each boy's character. I have one who struggles with fear, is a self-admitted 'messy', is compassionate, yet courageous; and one who struggles with selfishness, is a strong leader, very detail oriented/organized (just one look at their desks will tell you which is which). :) Anyway, quite a long time ago God showed me that I've had a deep root of fear in my life, and that one of my boys also has that struggle. :( However, even though he struggles with fear, he has the in-born desire to live an adventurous life... one day he said, "Mom, I'm dangerous... I love danger!" Then proceeded to tell me of an experiment he wanted to do involving gun powder, a gas tank, and a stick of dynamite... Wow! Quite honestly, as a woman, I really have never had the desire to 'be dangerous', and as a mother, I always want my boys to be safe and careful... though that's not God's design for them. God designed them to love adventure and challenge, to get out in the world and take it by storm, not sit quietly by in the 'safe zone'. So, against my natural mother's instincts I've resolved not to say to them, 'be careful' when they're headed out to the sledding hill, or driving the golf cart or mini bike on the trails at my parent's house (even though they've crashed), or even when they visit a friend's house... instead I say, "Be dangerous, but be safe!" (Again, common sense has to come into play somewhere doesn't it?) My desire for them is that as they grow, they'll use their gifts and talents to further the gospel, and they'll face what the Lord has in store for them with courage (even in the face of fear).
The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” Deuteronomy 31:8