While it’s on my mind from the Naked post, this concept of perfection has become more clear to me, funny how having kids will do that to you. What is it I ultimately want from my kids? Do I simply want kids who perform as I expect them to like C3PO? He followed all the rules per-fec-tly. On the flip side, he found himself literally in pieces. He really couldn’t problem solve in a dynamic fashion and though he knew the letter of the law, he didn’t know how to apply it.I don’t want kids that will be so rigid, so bent on being perfect and fitting a specific mold that they miss the subtext of life; the richness life has to offer. Their value doesn’t come from an ability to do a task or behave in a certain way. Sure, those things ARE IMPORTANT, but my precious gifts are valuable for who they are and where they are. As my three-year old continually reminds me of his growing independence, I am reminded of my brief role in his life not to make him into who I want him to be, but to guide him in becoming who God already made him.
Ultimately, if I had robotic children, I hope to have a R2D2’s who can help others because he understood his environment, had conviction about what was important and strength of character (for a robot of course) to act on his conviction. He’s a genuine thinker; not merely a robot.
Take a second, think about what you really want FOR, FROM and OF your children.
Oh, and don’t worry, I don’t always see life through the Star Wars lens…but having three older brothers who were infatuated with the movie while growing up has had a lasting effect…if you don’t know anything about Star Wars, don’t worry, but this may help explain things to a dad in your life.