After a recommendation from a friend, and a free movie channel weekend, I watched Moms Night Out. It’s a comedy about a group of three mom friends who are stressed to the max and in desperate need of a childless girls night out. Long story short, everything that could go wrong does and during their crazy night they end up in a tattoo shop getting advice from a heavily tattoed biker named Bones.
As one of the women is mourning her night gone wrong and her failures as a mom Bones drops this wisdom. “It’s beautiful to watch one of God’s creations just doing what it was made to do. Ya’ll spend so much time beating yourselves up. I doubt the good Lord made a mistake giving your kiddos the mom he did.”
Huh…..roll that one around in your doubt filled, anxiety ridden and critical head for a few minutes.
Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
Recently, while asking my children what they wanted to be when they grew up I got the following responses. Abigail twirled and then replied, “A ballerina!” Christopher put his hands on his hips and shouted, “A firefighter!” and Benjamin raised a finger to his mouth in deep thought and said “Hmmmm, a bicycle.”
When do we stop believing we can do or be anything?
I love that nothing limits them at this point. That same freedom makes them complete hazards to themselves but it also makes them absolutely beautiful. Their responses to common questions are the purest example. What do you want for your birthday? A paddy cake. What do you say when you ask for something (hoping to hear please)? I want something! What would you like for dinner? Ice cream and Nutrigrain Bars. No worries about judgement or consequences. No concern for societal convention.
We tell our children two very different things as they grow up. When they are little we tell them, “You can be anything you want to be if you put your mind to it” and then when they are getting ready to go to college we tell them, “That’s sweet that you want to be a Philosophy major but how exactly do you expect to pay your rent.”
We can’t live this pure unadulterated freedom as adults but what if we all dreamed a little more and worried a little less? Like so many other things in life, I think it’s probably a balance…..but for what it’s worth I think he would make the best bicycyle ever.