"Some of the kids I want to teach these things to."
So I want to start putting together some lists. And for my first list in no particular order here are 10 things I want to teach my children.
To love God. I know that this is cliche, but more than telling my kids this I hope to model it to them.
After God - put family before everything else - including ministry. All to often people confuse serving God for being everything we do 'outside' of our home. Not so. Serving God starts with those He's put in our family and we don't want to ever miss that.
To be generous with their time, money, possessions and abilities. If you want to find your life, you need to give it away. If you live for yourself you will die alone. True love is others centered, not self-centered.
To be grateful. Sometimes our biggest struggles simply come from having the wrong perspective. Being grateful is one way of correcting that perspective.
Your character matters. Do the right thing, even if it hurts.
That they are loved unconditionally, not because they are good kids or do the right thing. I need to be careful when I praise my children for doing the right thing. Not because it's wrong to say "good job" to a job well done. But because I never want my kids to feel like they are earning my love. Heather and I love them. period.
That life is full of doing things that we don’t want to do, but we still need to do them. I've had this drilled into me from a young age and I'm glad I did. Now I want to drill it into my kids.
That they can do whatever they set their mind and heart to. I want my kids to be confident and secure in their abilities and gifts.
To not let fear dictate their decisions It's difficult to make decisions in life. Their are many things pulling us in many different ways. When I've made life decisions based on faith, I've been grateful afterwards. Don't let fear stop you from doing something great with your life.
The world needs heroes. Be one.
This is my list, what is one thing (or ten) you want to teach your children? Or what is your favorite one on this list? Click on comments at the bottom of this post to join the conversation.
Matt, Heather, Sydney, Lily, Aubrey, Ellie, Sammie and little Caleb