Dinner Discussions: Nurturing Dreams

My younger daughter, the one who makes the definition of petite look big, thinks she's going to play in the National Hockey League when she grows up. My older daughter, who wears jean shorts and T-shirts to school every day, wants to be a fashion designer. I'm pretty sure that neither of them will end up being either one of those things.

But I'm not interested in bursting the bubbles of their dreams. One of the great things about childhood is that you can dream about being anything you want. The future is laid out before you with no obstacles in your way.

We can encourage our kids to dream about the future. God made our kids with brains that can dream. And some of those dreams may turn into reality. Our job as parents is to nurture those dreams and help point our kids in the direction that God wants them to go, which isn't always the same direction that we want them to go.

My younger daughter is never going to play professional hockey in the NHL. If I told her that every time she mentioned it, I would crush her spirit. I would be encouraging her not to dream big. And that's not what God wants me to do. Because some day, God will give her a big dream, a plan for her life. If I've taught her to dream small or not to dream at all, then God's big plan will seem too daunting to even try. She will have learned that if it seems impossible, it is. But when the dream belongs to God, nothing is impossible.

Philippians 4:13 says "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" and Matthew 19:26 says "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." Nothing is impossible for God. Even though the tasks and dreams He gives us may seem daunting, with God's help, we can do them.

This month's Dinner Discussions are all about the future. They should get your family talking about the things they want to do and the dreams they have. Nurture your kids dreams, even if they seem impossible. Because what you teach them about their dreams now will affect how they react to the dreams and plans God gives them in the future.

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