What If?

what if

As I was out walking the other day, I started thinking about how much my girls have grown and how big they are getting. Suddenly, it struck me that in six years, my older daughter will be 18.

I've spent the past few days thinking a lot about those six years and what I want my daughters to know before they leave home, about what I want to teach them before I set them loose on the world. I've been pondering what it is they need to know to be world-changers -- even if the only corner of the world they change is there own.

Those thoughts have led me to this post. Below you'll find a list of thoughts to ponder, a list of "what ifs." As you read them, think about what the world would be like if we raised a generation of kids with these qualities.

What if we raised kids who loved even when it was easier to hate?

What if we raised kids who chose to deal with conflict instead of letting it fester and destroy relationships?

What if we raised kids who valued God's opinion over the opinion of their friends?

What if we raised kids who saw the problems of the world and came up with solutions?

What if we raised kids who weren't afraid to be who God made them to be even if that's different from the mold society has for them?

What if we raised kids who understood that relationships are more important than money or stuff?

What if we raised kids who knew that money isn't the goal; it's a tool?

What if we raised kids who understood that every human life has value?

What if we raised kids who asked "What can I do to help?" instead of "What's in it for me"?

What if we raised kids who put family first?

What if we raised kids who measured success by how many lives were changed by what they accomplished?

What if we raised kids who saw the poor and hurting in the world and did something about it?

What if we raised kids who knew how to stand up for what's right even in the face of overwhelming criticism?

What if we raised kids who simply sought God first?

What would the world look like if we raised a generation of kids who looked like this?