Are you watering your garden every day?
To quote former first lady - Lady Bird Johnson, "Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them." This couldn't be truer! Parents, we have an incredible amount of power and influence over our children. As babies, we coddle them in our arms, nurture their values, and mold their minds. Over time as they grow up, we give them more and more rope to explore and make their own decisions. Our verbal direction and non-verbal cues help influence the adults they will ultimately become. It is our hope and prayer that we direct their paths and train them up according to Proverbs 22:6, so when they are old they will not depart from it. .
Parents, we must remember to consciously "speak life" to our kids every day and show them through our actions that we love and believe in them. We must encourage and support their dreams - even as funny or outlandish as they are. (Umm... because who knows... one day, it really might be possible to be a racecar driver on the Moon. :-) We must accept them as individuals and nurture their special gifts and talents to the fullest. We need to ensure that they grow up with confidence in themselves and aim high in life. We must teach them to image the unimaginable, and to have faith. We must train them up to live a positive and purposeful life - despite external influences and circumstances. Most importantly, our kids need to hear, read, feel, and believe that God has a special destiny just for them - which is why they must keep God first in every decision they make.
Remember, the seeds we plant today will ultimately blossom into something unique and beautiful - unless we fail to fertilize and water what we sow. Are you watering your garden every day?