Raising children that are tall in spiritual stature means starting with a strong foundation.
Now the young man Samuel continued to grow both in stature and in favor with the Lord and also with man. 1 Samuel 2:26
Last week we talked about leaving a legacy and I’d like to take that thought a bit further and talk about how that’s done. In this verse it talks about Samuel growing in stature.
I don’t think the tall is just talking about his physical height; I think it was also talking about his spiritual height. Spiritual height doesn’t just happen. It takes a lot of foundation building.
You see, raising children is like erecting a tall building. You start with a foundation, then grow them up, brick by brick.
We all want our kids to grow tall and strong, like a skyscraper; I have yet to meet a good parent who wants his child to settle for being a grass hut.
But in order for kids to become skyscrapers, they have to have a very deep and strong foundation.
If you want to build a hundred-story skyscraper, you need a ten-story foundation. In much the same way, big dreams require deep convictions. The heights of your accomplishments will never exceed the depth of your convictions.*
So now the question must be asked: what are your core convictions? And are you passing those convictions on to your children? If you don’t know what they are, you most likely haven’t figured out who you are because your convictions are the truest thing about you. For better or for worse, your deepest held beliefs will define who you become.*
As parents, we must be encouraging our kids to form deep convictions; that is the foundation of their souls and that is the only way that they will achieve their dreams and in the process become tall and strong adults.
Are you paying attention to that piece of parenting? Or are you too busy with sports, work, or running a house that you are neglecting to build in your child the deep foundation that will help them stand strong?
That foundational strength is one of the best gifts you can give your child. It’s the gift that keeps on giving, long after you are gone.
Focus on that and you will have skyscrapers much more valuable and precious than any buildings that Donald Trump can construct.
*Mark Batterson, IF