Give your children selfconfidence
'Teach children how they should live, and they will remember it all their life.' Proverbs 22:6 GNT
Journalist William Hodding Carter wrote, 'There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One is roots; the other is wings.'
Children who know they are loved unconditionally are children with roots. Consequently, they're able to stand up to whatever life throws at them. By the same token, when we instil in our children a sense of self-confidence and encourage them to dream, we're giving them wings. And any time children are given the will to win, they're already halfway to success. But if we let them grow up without it, they're already halfway to failure. That means as a parent we must demonstrate faith in our children so that they learn to have faith in themselves. Every child has within them a God-given seed of greatness, and when we let them know we believe in them, we're watering that seed and giving it a chance to grow.
Ever noticed how people generally rise or fall in accordance with our level of expectation? When we constantly criticise children they grow up to be negative, self-doubting and fearful. But when we believe in them and assume they will do well, they'll go the extra mile by trying to live up to our expectations. It's our faith in them that creates the environment in which they learn to fly! Give them money and they'll spend it. Give them resources and they'll squander them. But give them faith in God and in themselves, and chances are they'll excel at whatever they do in life.
Soulfood: Gen 13-16 Luke 8:16-25 Ps 120 Pro 3:33-35,