Friday, March 12, 2010

Teach Your Kids to Dream

I'm not talking about the kind you have while sleeping. I'm talking about the kind where a whisper of a "God idea" slips into their hearts. Something that may be a bit illogical or against many odds.

What will you teach them to do with such ideas? Will your advice be "get a real job first"? Will you flame or squelch such a dream?

Sometimes I wonder if how much we teach our children to doubt God by dousing these Spirit-induced ideas in their little lives. They dream of writing a book, and we tell them it's too hard to get published. Yes, but only if you leave the God-factor out. They want to write the next worship song that will hit the top of the charts, and we teach them to doubt the power of God because it's just so unlikely. Or they want to coach college basketball, and we ask, "Do you realize how few coaching jobs are available?" 

What if we turn it all around and taught them to reach for the stars even if it makes no sense? Would they push beyond the human bond into the realm of God who says He's able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we ask or think? You could just call this faith.

We all have a choice. Will we teach our children to dream the impossible, walking hand-in-hand with the God of the Universe? Or does the lure of status quo feel too safe?


  1. I agree, but I am guilty of placing doubt in their little minds. I will not do that again.


  2. I agree 100% and I also know how hard it is to face a world that thinks we are crazy. Thanks for the encouragement!