Do you have dreams for your children?
I’m not just talking about the I want my son to sign an A-Rod-sized, $100+ million baseball contract kind of dreams (though wouldn’t that be nice), or the I want my daughter to be the next American Idol kind of dreams.
I’m talking heart kind of dreams…
Dreams about the kind of person you want your child to be. What you want people to say of their character. Or how you want them to live out their lives. Maybe the God-smiling down on them kind of accomplishments you want them to achieve?
Some may say such an exercise is worthless; our children should get to map out their own course. And while to a certain extent that’s true, it’s these kind of dreams that demand we be more intentional about how we parent. They won’t guarantee our kids’ lives will turn out as we’d like. They will, however, serve as constant checks on how much time we spend with our kids, what we say to them, what we allow them to do, what they see us doing, etc.
Raising kids who excel in school is great, but imagine how our parenting might change if we desired to also raise kids who have the courage to stand up for underdogs. Imagine what we’d need to start saying to our kids so they wouldn’t grow up chasing things or accolades to define them? How differently would we need to live if we wanted our kids to live their lives in such a way as to hear God say, “Well done,” at the end?
Despite how it might inconvenience or challenge us, we should dream for our children because we want God’s best for them. They’re worth it, don’t you think?
What are some of your heart dreams for your children? Are there any stumbling blocks that keep you from going after these dreams?