My wife and I are currently doing a lot of processing and reflecting about our gifts, values and what we want to do. To be honest these aren't questions I've really spent a lot of time thinking about. Its left me feeling a bit frustrated. One of the exercises Heather and I are doing right now is writing down all that we want to do before we die. I wrote that I wanted to get my kids in a place to be successful. To narrow it down I wrote that I wanted to help my kids discover and cultivate their giftings. As parents I think helping our kids discover their gifts is something we can do. Of course, this will also be their responsibility, but we can help them start the process.
So, yes, I want my kids to succeed,
but I want them to know what is important to them.
I want them to know what values drive them and their decisions.
I want them to know what they were created for.
I want them to discard every distraction from this calling (even if that distraction is good).
And I want to help them refine their gifts and abilities so that they will be blessed and be a blessing to others.