David received some money for his birthday, and decided to purchase an airplane model. I took him to the model store in town, and started reading off all the plane titles and telling him which ones he could afford. After a short minute, I could sense his frustration. He didn’t want mom telling him what to buy, and he wanted to shop in peace.
So I stepped aside and chatted with the wife of the store owner, while David navigated his purchase. Later I thought about the quality of taking initiative and developing a sense of leadership as a masculine trait. I was pleased to have a situation where I could safely allow him to exercise some autonomy.
But then I started thinking that for every masculine trait I could think of, it seemed as though I could think of the same trait either commanded to Christians in general (including women), or directly to women. Am I turning egalitarian? Yikes!