It’s crazy how to we can from one appointment to the next, one sports season, theater run, campaign or program to the next and forget to live life.
Parenthood can be filled with feeding people, getting them places, and keeping them mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually healthy.
Everything can become one GIANT to-do list.
And we forget those hopes, dreams, goals we had when children were first given to us.
Julie Bogart reminds us that it isn’t about systematizing our children’s education (or life). “It’s how well you share your enthusiasm for life, learning, art, literature, the power of math equations to create quilts or build forts or sell cookies, the excitement of an election year to convey the importance of politics, volunteering in your free time so that your kids learn about sharing themselves with other, and finally your enthusiasm for them–these human beings entrusted to you that you admire, respect for for whom you hold an enormous imagination about how well they will contribute to the world as adults. ” A Gracious Space -Fall Edition. Day 1.
First, there is the assumption that you have passions, visions, and enthusiasm. God placed these children under your care. It’s easy to lose ourselves in doing for your children. But then they are missing YOU. God placed these children in your home as your chlldren because the uniqueness of you, your spouce, your living situation will best prepare them for the good works He has for them to do (Eph 1). If we bury our passions, our personality and become wholly child-center, they miss out on the best part-YOU!. The practical outworkings of this are challenging at best. We don’t simply ignore their passions and interests. We don’t pursue our own interests and leave them to fend for themselves. We bring them into our realm- and we willingly expand our horizons to include their passions and interests.
Second, we affirm them. We delight in them. We dream for them, and then let those dreams go for the passion God has placed in their hearts. We bless them. We let them know we believe that with God’s help they CAN. We urge them to use those drives, passions, and talents and serve God and seek His kingdom in whatever venue He desires.