In his book Raising Kids for True Greatness, Dr. Tim Kimmel says that a person can be successful without coming close to being truly great. And wouldn’t we all as parents rather aim our children toward true greatness. Dr. Kimmel defines true greatness as a passionate love for God that demonstrates itself in an unquenchable love and concern for others.
“True greatness takes on a life of its own when it is applied to the three biggest challenges our children must face. For the record, there are three primary questions your children need to answer in order to enjoy an effective adult life. If they answer these three questions correctly, they will be able to leave a powerful and lasting legacy for many generations to come.”
Question 1: What is my mission in life going to be?
Question 2: Who is my mate going to be?
Question 3: Who is my mater going to be?
Kimmel says you can ask these questions another way. What am I going to do with my life? Who will I spend my life with? And who will I live it for?
Here’s what makes aiming your children at true greatness so compelling: their ability to answer these three questions properly almost becomes a forgone conclusion. When you’re consistently pointing your kids toward greatness, it’s difficult for them to mess up these three profound dimensions of their lives.
What do you think of these questions? I would love to hear your comments!