Somewhere between the age of 14 and 17, my relationship with my youngest son changed.
I can’t pinpoint exactly when it happened. I just know the change has been much tougher on me than it has been on him.
When he became a teenager, I naively thought he would be the easiest of my four kids to parent through these years.
After all, I was an experienced mom, and had been through the teen years with three other kids. So I should be an old hand at it, right?
I couldn’t have been more wrong.
My first three kids were each two years apart in age. They were close enough to have built-in playmates.
With my youngest son, however, there were four years between him and the next closest sibling, and nine years between him and his oldest brother.
That age gap meant he never really had someone close enough in age who wanted to do what he thought was fun.
I haven’t been much fun for him either. He doesn’t like board games, and I’m lousy at his favorite games.
I don’t even understand his games most of the time! 🙂
All that to say, connecting with him in a close way hasn’t been easy.
I was reading Titus, Chapter 3, yesterday, and verse 8 really stood out to me.
“And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.”
I realized the passage spoke about living life purposefully, rather than allowing one day to pass to the next without actively “doing what is good.”
In my case, that means working on my relationship with my son.
Life’s too short to do otherwise, and before I know it, he’ll no longer live at home.
I knew a visual reminder would help me remember to purposely connect with him – not just make passing conversation. So I made an inspirational image I could hang on a clipboard or frame.
Hanging it on a clipboard is a pretty and easy way to display it.
If you feel this inspirational image would help you live more intentionally too, you are welcome to print it.
It’s an 8″ x 10″ image that you can have printed anywhere you get photos developed. It cost me under $3 to have it printed on matte photo paper.
If you prefer to just print it at home on regular 8-1/2″ x 11″ paper, I’ve also included the image with a line around it, so you can cut it at 8″ x 10″ size easily.
I’d love to hear ways that you focus on making connections with people you love, too.
Here’s to living life on purpose!
Vaya con Dios,