Today was our first day of summer and we had nothing special planned. The boys slept in (well, technically Dub went to swim practice early but then napped). I watched an episode of Leave It to Beaver with Sam. Nate and Sam played basketball at the park, while Dub and I ran a few errands. It was a very ordinary day, and no one complained, which as far as I’m concerned is a victory. Sometimes the transition from scheduled life to freedom can be bumpy.
Then tonight we went to dinner with a friend of Will’s. Louis has Will’s same job, except in Australia. Louis is very engaging and a gifted storyteller, and I had a delightful time learning lots of fun tidbits. We brought him up the mountain to show him around a little bit, and introduced him to the boys.
Louis had a great basketball story for Sam, and Sam used his best manners listening attentively and laughing at just the right moments.
But when Will left to take Louis back to his hotel, Sam came over to me with a look of concern on his face.
“You know, Mom,” he said, “He was very interesting, and I liked talking to him. But when he was telling me the story I felt like I don’t know what to say other than ‘yeah’ and I’m afraid that if I just say ‘yeah, yeah’ that it’ll sound like I’m not interested, when really I’m very interested.”
I can’t even tell you how endearing I found Sam’s vulnerable little admission. I can so relate to what he was describing, and I just adore him for being willing to share this inner struggle. Some of the most meaningful conversations I have in life stem from Sam’s consistent candor. His vulnerability makes me love him even more, which doesn’t even seem possible.
It doesn’t matter your age (you probably are not ten like Sam), vulnerability is always endearing. Can you point to where admission of your own insecurities has helped strengthen your relationships? I hope so.
Romans 12:3 says, “Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.”
May I be Sam-like in thinking of myself with sober-judgment, and please God don’t ever let him outgrow his willingness to candidly reveal insecurities.
Happy Friday and be vulnerable with someone this weekend!