Girls are wired for mutual gazing. They are born interested in emotional expression. They take meaning about themselves from a quick look, a touch, even tiny reactions from people they are in contact with. They then interpret the cues they pick up as telling them they are lovable, worthy or annoying.
How many toys did you have as a kid? When I travel, especially to third world countries, I love to go for walks and watch people. I like to see how people interact and how children play. In warm countries, where most of life is lived outdoors. I get plenty of opportunities to see family life up close.
When Susan’s and my daughters were young, in the early 1970’s, there was a strong move, perpetrated by the Women’s lib movement to see boys and girls as the same product of the evolutionary process. Although there were very minor physical differences, our emotional or mental qualities were merely a matter of the way we were raised.
Don’t be misled: No one makes a fool of God. What a person plants, he will harvest. The person who plants selfishness, ignoring the needs of others—ignoring God!—harvests a crop of weeds. All he’ll have to show for his life is weeds! But the one who plants in response to God, letting God’s Spirit do the growth work in him, harvests a crop of real life, eternal life.
Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve written about two principles that work in juxtaposition of each other. Like the two anchors, on either side of the Capilano Canyon, that support the famous suspension bridge, these attitudes work in tension.