I always ask the Lords blessing before I eat, whether alone or with company, and did so that day. Its habit, but the idea that someone would, or could, see has never entered my mind. The gentleman’s words have really caused me to think. How many other people have noticed? How many young men have noticed? How many times have I eaten in public while in uniform? And, a more troubling thought, has anyone ever noticed when I didn’t ask the blessing?
Recently, my son Evan turned 13. He had a dozen or so of his friends and nearly that many family members on hand as we got ready to eat. As I prepared to ask the blessing, he interrupted and asked to do the honors. What followed, delivered in absolute sincerity, was a prayer as well spoken and meaningful as any I’ve ever heard! Phil Robertson, the Duck Commander himself, would have been proud! I was moved nearly to tears! A friend, and father of one of Evans friends, turned to me with a look of astonishment. He couldn’t believe a 13 year old delivered that prayer. I wish I could take credit, but, I cannot. I do my best, but fall short far more often than I care to admit. Fortunately, because of friends and family, Evan is surrounded by other men not afraid to be men.
My point here is simple. We learn by seeing, thus, we become teachers to those that observe us. We are unwitting role models, planting seeds with every word and every action. You cannot opt out. None of us are perfect; being human, we will all make mistakes. As men, we have the ability to teach those around us how men should behave. And when we make a mistake, we have the ability to teach a better lesson…..how to take responsibility! You will teach young men what to become. You will teach young women what to expect. That’s important. That’s responsibility. Be a Man!