My Legacy Part 2- Teaching My Children
All parents know how very important it is to teach your children how to interact successfully within society. Although the process varies from families, the outcome is the same. As parents, we want our children to be successful. I have several items I want to teach them to help them along the way. Here is what I want to teach them.
1) Spend time on your knees and not just at bedtime or dinner time. We are very lucky to have a God who wants to present in our lives. He will help guide you if you spend time listening to Him and talking with Him. Remember, that sometimes the answers you receive may not be what you want and sometimes God’s gifts are through unanswered prayers. Most importantly remember to express gratitude in your prayers for what He has given you.
2) It will not profit you to lose your soul on the way to success. Monetary success is NOT the only success in this world. The world will tell you to do whatever is necessary to get ahead. It will tell the nice person doesn’t win. I will tell you that IS NOT the case. Remember that successful men have a well-rounded life. They have true friends, ones you will only gain through fair dealings and genuine behavior. They have families that love and support them. And most importantly, a successful person knows the VALUE in hard work. Remember to work hard, be fair, and considerate. These things will truly benefit you and will have life long benefits.
3) Dance in the Rain, let your hair down, wear your goggles outside of the pool; remember to relax and enjoy the little moments. The rain is refreshing to flowers just as relaxing is to people. Rain is necessary for growth and for a fruitful world. It is the same for you. Take time to relax, dance a bit. Take up a hobby and excel in it. This time will help to refresh you and you will do better at work and school. You will be a better spouse and friend.
4) Think for yourself ALWAYS and ask A LOT of questions. Growing up I was accused of asking too many questions, don’t worry I’ll NEVER accuse you of that. A curious mind will find different answers which will only increase your knowledge. Asking questions leads to wisdom and leads you to a better understanding. Search out the truth and base your direction and thoughts on the answers to your questions. Don’t follow the crowd unless you know it’s the right path. Remember, discretion will protect you and understanding will guard you (Pro 2:11).
5) Life isn’t fair, never has been and never will be. It’s a sad truth and I would be doing you a great disservice if I told you otherwise. Take a second and let that soak in. Sometimes you will work harder and longer and the other guy will get the promotion, the better grade, the recognition. Sometimes you will be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Sometimes your friends will disappoint you. Get my point? Remember in those times, if you’ve done the best you can and you’ve remained true to yourself and upbringing, you have NOTHING to be ashamed of or upset over. Because you worked HARD. Also know that when you get that promotion, recognition, or in the RIGHT place at the RIGHT time, there is someone else out there disappointed. Be HUMBLE, be KIND, and always THANK those you have helped you. Because, sometimes life’s not fair.
Finally, remember you come from a family that loves you dearly. Mistakes will happen but we will always be here for you. Remember you are loved.
If you’ve missed part 1, check it out here.