"Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also: and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father."
What greater works can we do then invest our time in the present and future for those we love? I have been blessed with three great boys. Never is God's love more evident then in our daily communications with each other. This is not something that God laid at my feet, but rather a labor of love that must must be stitched and reinforced daily with his Holy Word.
I see this as an educator. Those students who are secure and self-assured usually come from families that show a keen interest in their child's day-to-day educational plan. These families come in each afternoon relishing pickup time noting that the day is over and it's time to reconnect. I can see it in the smiles and hugs that are given as my students pack and leave at the end of the day.
I recently went to a gala event that included little invitees of the immediate family. Sadly, sitting around the room at lonely tables, I noted that the entire hall was filled with friends who promptly left after the ceremony began to close. There was little laughter and close shenanigans that normally accompanies a close family affair. Rather, people reluctantly sat at tables as a few family members tried to close the rifts between party members which was near to impossible.
What prompted this individual to station herself so far away from all those she loved at such a monumental event in her life? Apparently, her family ties lacked connecting at an earlier level. Someone made a grave mistake along the way.
God wants each generation to go further than the previous generation. He wants each generation to be more blessed, to experience more of His love, goodness, and His influence in the world. And we as parents, must present just that. God wants each of us to shine, not fade to obscurity and this must be taught with support from the the family.
You as parents must pass on the legacy of Godly attitudes, blessings, and success to your children. Don't allow them to ever get satisfied with where you are. Don't allow their negative ideas to set their life path in stone. Be there each day to pick them up, dust them off, and get them moving again to fulfill God's plan. It is well noted that when we only think of ourselves and our own needs we truly set our children up for failure. We place blinders on those little ones we love because our own blinders keep us from seeing reality. And in my recent observation, watching a dear friend's child look for a new family in the wrong direction.