So what is TRUE greatness?
You can ask 10 people this questions and receive 10 different answers back in return.
I just got finished reading a book entitled Raising Kids for TRUE Greatness by Dr. Tim Kimmel. Dr. Kimmel is the founder of Family Matters Ministries and is a Bryan College graduate. He is an award-winning author of Grace Based Parenting, Why Christian Kids Rebel & Little House on the Freeway.
Kimmel begins the book by say,
A person can be successful without coming close to being truly great. And wouldn’t we all rather aim our children toward true greatness?
I believe that every parent would want their children to be truly great! The problem is that people have looked to the world to gain their definition of success instead of looking into God’s Word. The world defines success by the following:
- Health & Beauty
By the world’s standards, if you have these things, then you are successful. It does not matter the cost or what it takes to get there. But this is so contrary to what God’s Word teaches us. Dr. Kimmel explains that “according to Jesus, if we want our kids to be truly great, we must first teach them to be servants.”
Matthew 20:25-28 says, “But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
God’s goals for our children often run counter to the default mode of the human heart.
Dr. Kimmel’s definition of TRUE greatness is this:
TRUE greatness is a passionate love for God that demonstrates itself in an unquenchable love and concern for others.
Sounds a whole lot like the two greatest commandments – doesn’t it!?!
Why do we dream such small dreams & expect so little from our children? Why do we assume that we have such limited capabilities as parents? Why do we assume that great people have to be the exception rather than the rule when it comes to our efforts as parents? Why don’t we think that our children can ever take rank among the truly great? Worse, why do we sell God’s bigger plan for our lives so short?
It makes so much more sense to raise your kids to live faithful and effective lives on earth and then leave the breadth of their success up to God.
Be watching for more blog post about Raising Kids for TRUE Greatness!
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