As I was finishing up a small home project indoors on this beautiful Sunday mid-morning, my eldest son came running to the window, screaming there was water gushing out of the ground. He said he was digging a hole when suddenly he hit something with the pickax. Immediately I knew it was the main water line.
I ran through the garage, picked up a few wrenches, and ran across the yard toward the back where I could see water spraying out across the yard. Like a mad man, I was screaming, “How did you manage to break the pipe? What were you doing! Now we’re going to be here all day!” After the screaming subsided, I could see the look of disappointment on his face.
Afterward, I felt terrible. It indeed was an accident, and I blamed myself for not warning my son the day before when I saw him digging near the area. My wife then reminded me of how my sons emulate me when they undertake these kinds of projects.
At that moment, I realized they are observing my entire life as an example for themselves—they’re’ taking it all in. I then immediately apologized and told him that together we would fix the problem. I also mentioned how we need to take these as learning moments to make the most of a mistake.
In the end, he learned how to repair and strengthen a pipe, and I, our relationship.
Answer and Journal the Following
Read and meditate on Psalm 127:3-5 for yourself.
How do you handle your children’s mistakes? How do you handle your own? Be real, be honest, and be vulnerable.
Meditate / Memorize:
Create a plan of action on how you will react to mistakes before they happen. Keep in mind how God handles your mistakes. Be specific.
Share this with another man and have them hold you accountable.