There are certain unspoken rules in life.
You know, like you wash your hands and brush your teeth and if you’re a good person you recycle and you show up for work on time.
And then there’s the rule that parents with babies or toddlers can tweet, post, text, blog, or whip out their iphone to show photos of their little baby noses, and little baby toes at any moment. And it’s a BIG DEAL.
Plump drooly smiles, toothless yawns…The wonder of their new words and cute curiosity of their questions. Every. Single. Move. An opportunity to brag, to celebrate, to marvel. But only til they hit, say, the age of braces. Then, all bets are off. It’s illegal to brag publicly.
Oh, don’t get me wrong! I think all of the baby bragging is great. I want to be in the “ooh” and “aahhh” club, doing the veritable “wave” for babies like in the stands at a football game.
I just want to change the rule a bit. Tweak it, if you will.
I think we should be tweeting about more wonder than just babies.
More world-wide “wow’s!” More everyday victory dances. Kudos and “atta girl’s!” and “you’re the best!”
For Austin coaching teens and teaching one of his inner-city football players to tie his tie for prom.
For Sarah and Erin, young women with servant hearts who work so hard behind the scenes at our church and make others look good.
For Eric, a twelve-year old amazing young man from Togo, who perseveres as he works to learn both multiplication and American baseball.
For a woman doing her fifth step in recovery…a young single saying yes to purity…a husband serving his wife by getting up in the night with a crying baby…a friend forgiving a wrong…
For all these and so many more, “Way to go!”
Here’s the reason I think we should tweak the rule about baby bragging.
I think God is a bursting with pride Papa who would whip out photos from his wallet or iphone in a nano-second wanting to crow about His children no matter where, or when, or how old.
“Look! That’s my daughter! This is my son! Aren’t they great??!” No matter how large or small the victory, He delights in us and I think He delights in being a braggy dad.
So today, as Anthony De Mello writes, “Behold the One beholding you and smiling.”
Who do you want to give a shout out to today? Consider posting a line in the comment section!