Tuesday, June 21, 2011

We Don't Like What We Don't Know

The right kind of desire doesn’t, in most cases, come naturally or easily. Little children often think they can look at something on their plate and tell you, before having tried it, that they don’t like it. Indulgent parents frequently give in to this, not only when it comes to the food on their plate, but in a hundred other areas of life.

If you never make you sons do things they don’t want to do, you will raise immature and foolish sons. They can never be men, because men often have to do a lot of things they don’t want to do. They must learn to do their duty to God and toward others and find the pleasure that comes from having done so. We often discover that many things we didn’t want to do turn out to be, not only good things, but some of the greatest things in our lives. It turns out that we not only like them; we love them. The path to some of the greatest pleasure in life is often difficult and this is the reason so many never know them.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for this reminder! It's hard to persevere in this area with a three year old boy, especially when one is tired. :-) This is very good encouragement right now for me.

    We've had a lot of "I don't want to play that, it's too hard" lately. Not sure where this is coming from since our little guy has always been strong and a real go-getter. It may be a phase but we still need to parent him lovingly through it.