Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Blessing #3



My son, Dustin Michael Shrodes (a.k.a. Chocki Wocki Souvlaki) is my third blessing I would like to talk about today.
I have tons of nicknames for my kids. I have heard it said before that the more nicknames a person has, the more they are loved. (good intentioned nicknames of course!) Well, I have a ton of them for my kids. So they must really be loved.

I appreciate my son so much because he has such a deep abiding love for God and His convictions are rock solid. He is just like his Daddy in the way that I know although he can sometimes be crazy, and is real humorous, he's got a great head on his shoulders. He will do great things in life but nothing kooky or unstable. He is one of those guys you just know is "a rock." He will grow to be a very solid man of God.

I don't believe manhood is about a certain age such as 18 or 21, or that it is arrived at by marriage. I only believe you can call someone a man when they take complete responsibility and are faithful and stable. While Dustin is still coming out of boyhood, He is already a young man of God and is on his way to being a powerful man of God. I am proud of him.

He graduates in a few weeks. He is ambivalent still a bit about his future, but I keep telling him to settle down. Exactly "what" he's doing is not as important as what he is personally becoming. Character is the most important thing to develop over position.

I give all the credit to God for the way he has turned out. I've made way too many mistakes to take any glory for it that's for sure. But I thank God every day for his grace over Dustin's life. Love covers a multitude of sins. Though I have not been perfect, I have loved him, and God has made up for the rest.

I'm proud of my Chocki.

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