"Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it." Proverbs 22:6
When faced with insurmountable odds on the path to accomplishing a dream, most adults will think of the many reasons why something can't be done. Children, however, will relentlessly search until they find the one way something can be done. Why? Because, if we've done our jobs as parents, our children will believe that they are capable of most anything. They will know that they were designed by God for a purpose... to glorify Him.
Luke Morrison, a 14 year old runner, ran his first marathon yesterday as his parents cheered him on. In fact, he had just a few days before (after having only done one 16 mile training run) told them that he was going to do it. Rather than giving their son a list of reasons of why it couldn't be done, they simply told him to "give it a shot". After all God's word says that, with God all things are possible right? As the race went on and their son ran mile after mile in the snow, sleet and rain, they were there. They were there in case they were needed and they were there to pray for their child. And, in this case, they were there to share the joy as Luke crossed the finish line. Why? Because no one told him that he couldn't.
As parents or anyone involved in bringing up a "child in the way he should go," we should be careful not to discourage them. They will find out their limitations soon enough. Our job is to love them, encourage them and to teach them that all things are possible with God. And then to "be there" to watch as God does the rest.
Heavenly Father, thank you for our children. They are an undeserved gift and a priceless blessing. Help us to be the godly parents you have called us to be and to raise our children to love you and to serve you in all they do. Help us to be there for them when they need us but to teach them that You are always there and that You are all they need. It's in your precious name we pray, Jesus. Amen.
You are a child of mine - Mark Schultz