papa b barrett drive boat

My oldest grandson seen here helping me drive the boat on our vacation demonstrated grace & truth to me in a way only children can.  The last morning our family was together on vacation, he crawled up into my lap to give me hugs and tell me bye.  As I told him I loved him, he looked at me, smiled big and said: “Papa B – you stink.”  I was taken back and asked him what he said.  He repeated it again: “Papa B – you stink.”  We’d just gotten up and had breakfast; I hadn’t been outside so I didn’t fully understand.  Then he smiled, hugged me and said: “Papa B, your breath stinks.”  That made sense because we’d just gotten up.

As I thought about the humor and honesty of his comments, I loved the idea that he was completely truthful with no malice.  In fact, he still hugged me and loved me as genuinely as he possibly could.  We laughed and I told him I loved him too.

In many ways I wish we would practice the grace and truth of kids.  They can speak absolute truth (we need to hear – my breath did stink) and do it with mercy, grace and love (the qualities of Jesus who was always full of grace and truth – John 1:14).

About bjrutledge

BJ & Janet were married in July 1977 They have three grown children who are all married: Jeremy & Whitney Rutledge, Chris & Julie Hurst, and Josh and Hannah Rutledge. They also have five grandsons, and a granddaughter. BJ says perhaps our greatest legacy is even though our kids are PK's, they love Jesus and are all involved in ministry in the local church. BJ has served at churches in Dallas - Bossier City, LA - Houston - and was at Fellowship of the Woodlands (Woodlands Church) in The Woodlands before coming to Grace Fellowship. BJ is the Legacy Pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise, TX.
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