In Biblical times Jesus and his compatriots had an interesting tradition of renaming a person at a pivotal point in their life’s journey. I was reminded of this again recently when I came upon the story of Jesus giving the Zebedee brothers a new moniker. James and John, humble fisherman by all accounts, suddenly become Sons of Thunder.
(Does that not just sound like something a game show announcer should bellow?)
And it got me thinking, if Jesus renamed my boys, what on earth would it be?
Sons of Blunder?
As my boys get older (they’re 4, 6, and 8 now) I wonder more and more about the men I’m shaping them to be. I see their individual weaknesses in personality and I wonder how that will translate into fatherhood, how it will affect their marriage, or their careers.
I worry that something I’m doing now will negatively affect my children in their future.
And you want to know the cold, hard truth? I’m right. My worries and fears are planted firmly in reality; Some part of my parenting is screwing them up in some small way or another.
But it’s most likely going to be okay anyway.
There’s a tangible slice of peace and grace in accepting the fact that your sons were born to imperfect mothers. In fact, there’s never been a son born to a perfect mother – not even Jesus.
James, John, Peter, Jesus – all of their mothers made mistakes in their mothering. And 3/4 of them raised imperfect sons.
My boys will fail in their journey’s. Multiple times. And sometimes I might be tangled in the root of their problem or past. So I might as well start practicing grace now – toward them and toward myself.
Thankfully, Jesus didn’t name people after their weaknesses. If Simon (Peter) can become “Rock” and an uneducated fisherman can become “the one whom Jesus loved” as well as one of the founding members of the New Testament rock band “Sons of Thunder”, then maybe there’s hope for my boys yet. And for me.
Okay, on a lighter note – if Jesus renamed your sons right now, what would it be?
-Jessica of Bohemian Bowmans