I am a visual thinker; my mind is full of pictures. When I go to remodel a room my mind is where the furniture all gets rearranged over and over until I like it. My husband has learned over the years that even through he can’t see it; he trusts that it will work, when I try to explain the picture to him.
When Zan Tyler writes about seeing the potential in our children, my mind instantly fills with pictures. One thing I have done as a parent is watch for a spark of interest in my children. When they are young I try to expose them to many different things and wait for that spark. Those sparks have led to my oldest son majoring in meteorology in college, my daughter baking cupcakes for a business, and my second son playing ukulele. My youngest son is still experiencing life, although I have noticed he loves organizing things.
I fell in love with Zan Tyler’s quote on education, “When we educate our children, we are attempting to draw out the gifts and potential God has given them.”
The biggest lie I believed growing up was, “You can be anything you want to be.” When I was a young girl, I wanted to be a veterinarian. I love medicine and animals! The downside, I pass out at the sight of blood, every time! Pretty sure in order to be in the world of medicine you shouldn’t pass out at the sight of blood. By thinking I could be what ever I wanted, kept me from focusing on my gifts.
Instead I want my children to develop their unique gifts and use them to the Glory of God.
Next week we will look at the first tool. I pray we can find the encouragement we need to continue to draw out the best in each of our children.