Can Kids “Be Anything They Want to Be”?

374th Airlift Wing Public AffairsAs parents, we need to be careful not to fall into the common trap of encouraging our children that they can “be anything they want or do anything they want” when they grow up. While it sounds nice to say that, it’s simply not true. They will be anointed to do what God has called them to do. It’s our job to get in our prayer closet and hear from God in order to support them in His calling, which in following will be the only life that truly satisfies them. And more importantly, teach them how to discern His voice because knowing in their hearts that He has called them is the one thing that will strengthen them in times of doubt and temptation to give up. Even if our children have gifts and abilities, we must take care to not push them toward something He is not in. I do not want to be accountable for discouraging someone from their calling, especially my own children. So make it a regular habit to pray for and with your children. Tell them that you are committed to helping them find God’s calling for their life. Teach them some verses to stand on and to build their own faith. That Jesus said in John 16:13 that “The Spirit of truth will lead you into all truth and show you things to come.” And according to 1 John 2:20, 27 that “they have an anointing from God to know all things that pertain to their lives.” That they can trust the leading of the Holy Spirit and grow in sensitivity to His leading by spending time in His Word and by spending time with Him. In the same way that they recognize your voice on the other end of the phone, they can learn to recognize the voice of God, simply because of much time spent together. Confess over them daily that they know the voice of the Father and they will not listen to the voice of another. As they grow and have time alone, the Lord will bring these confessions back to their memory and they will develop their own confidence in His promises and His great love for them. 


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