With this in mind, I think she was kind of worried about the lack of “motherly” guidance when she left for Christmas 2 days before me to go spend some time with her family. Our two oldest boys and myself stayed behind so I could preach on Sunday. We joined them in Dallas on Sunday night. When she left that Friday morning she reminded us to “have fun, be careful and call if you need anything.” For those who don’t know what that means, I’ll translate: “have fun, be careful and call if you need anything” actually means, “Don’t let the cat in the house and don’t break any of my stuff.”
I had big plans for the weekend. I envisioned a male bonding, bachelor-type weekend with me and the two oldest boys. So as soon as mom left the two boys came in and asked, “What are we going to do this weekend?” I just smiled and said, “Boys, it’s time we do some man stuff.” They looked a little confused so I continued. “We need to lay down a few ground rules for the weekend. You boys obviously don’t understand the finer points of a male-bonding weekend, so allow me to explain. Rule number one: Toilet seats are to remain in the raised position all weekend. Rule number two: All hand towels and little fancy soaps are legal to use any time. And number three: no glasses this weekend. We drink straight from the milk carton, all weekend. But,” I reminded them, “The blue milk carton is mine. Stay out of it because I don’t want any of your ‘boy kooties.’”
Parker shot back quickly, “Does mom know about this?” Then Taylor added, “And why are we doing these things, Dad?”
“It’s because we can, boys, it’s because we can!” I said.
We had a great weekend. Nothing got broke, but I won’t promise the cat didn’t sneak in. But you know, “because we can” might be all right for a fun boys weekend at home, but as a general rule in life or in my walk with God “because we can” isn’t the best rule to live by. “Because we can” is not a permission slip to indulge ourselves at the expense of others. Instead, God has asked us to live a certain way for our own good that will make Him proud. Words that come to mind that make Him proud are words like fairness, integrity, compassion, consideration and generosity, just to name a few. Our goal in life isn’t “because we can,” but whatever pleases our Father. “My will is to do the will of my Father,” Jesus said. And that should be our will/goal too.