Here is my twelve-year-old son at his Christmas program the other evening. Pretty handsome guy, huh?
It worries me a little that there already may be girls in his life who are just as charmed as I am by his sparkling brown eyes, his sensitive personality and his confident way of taking on the world. Here are seven things I have to say to them. (Taken without permission from my latest Thriving Family magazine – article written by Phil Calloway)
Rule 1: If you would like to talk with my son, please do so in the church foyer. Bring your Bible.
Rule 2: If you call my house to talk with my son, your conversation may be monitored by a customer service representative.
Rule 3: The following locations and activities are acceptable for your date:
Rule 4: My son cannot use my minivan to drive you to the mall. He has a bicycle. You may ride on the handlebars.
Rule 5: Please do not touch my son. Do not lean against him unless you are falling over and are in danger of plunging from a cliff. Do not even pull lint from his ear. He can do that himself.
Rule 6: I am aware that it is considered fashionable for girls your age to wear Fergie-style “shirts” that do not reach their low-slung pants. My wife and I want to be fair and open-minded about this, so you are free to show up in such attire. My wife will affix it properly to your body with a glue gun.
Rule 7: Above all else, remember that we’ve been praying for this boy since God gave him breath, and we will continue to. When he chooses a godly girl, we will be overwhelmed with joy. Until then, we’ll pray that you’ll chase Jesus first and watch everything else fall into place.