I took off on Friday (kind a sort a for the most part)… rest and family time is good in the midst of crazy. I really enjoy dropping the kids off at school and being a stay at home dad every so often.
We found out that we made it two round two of the Shoahanna’s Hope adoption grant application process. One of my projects for the day was finishing the essay questions for this part of the application. We had to answer these two questions:
What do you believe is the most important thing you can impart to your children?
What desires do you have for your children as they grow and mature?
I felt like I was writing essays for college applications. Every answer I tried to write sounded cliché.
See what I mean?
But as I started and writing and discussing the answer with Jenna, we came to realize that regardless of the cliché this is what we honestly believe we want for our children. Both Jenna and I were handed a legacy of faith from generations upon generations of Jesus followers. We were taught out to Love God and Love Others. We pray that we would be able to pass that same legacy to our own kids. We pray that our kids would come to know Jesus as we know him and realize the responsibility of that relationship. We want them to realize the importance of expressing faith in action not faith for the sake of faith, but faith for the sake of actually making a difference in the world around them.
I read this verse later Friday night: “For when we place our faith in Christ…what is important is faith expressing itself in love…” Galatians 5:6 (NLT) … exactly what we desire for the kids.
As for the second question: Our desires were turning out to sound like a laundry list, but they were good, so we kept them and fleshed them out with how we’re attempting to cultivate those in our kids. Among others…
See the importance Service and care and act on it.
Make choices with Wisdom
Live out their passions in work regardless of status or pay
Know our unconditional love regardless of their choices
While I was reading what I wrote, I became encouraged. I know that we don’t always get this parenting thing right. We make mistakes, and will continue to make them as we’re only human after all. But without patting myself on the back too much, we’re not doing so badly either. Maybe not quite as proactive as we might desire, but still we’re at least attempting to act on what we say we’d like to see in our kids as they grow up.
How about you? What’s the most important thing you want to instill in your children? What do you desire for them?