Thinking of my children, as I often do, I know that it is my job, my duty, my mission to be sure that they have EVERYTHING they need in order to become solid, strong, mature, intelligent, respectable, respectful, godly adults. Then, I thought about how many parents fall short and even sometimes give up on their youngans. Somewhere along the way, the teaching stops. The discipline tapers off, and the motivation to FULLY provide, dies.
"Full Tanks" comes to mind. We must keep our kids' tanks full at all times, NEVER letting them go empty. This is what I mean. Imagine giving your children destinations and missions the lie hundreds of miles away, but only putting $10 in the tank. They are certain to fail and find themselves stranded along the highways of life. When our kids lay out their hearts' desires and their dreams of their futures to be, we MUST get the right fuel and pour it into them constantly and consistently! DO NOT let them leave home on empty or almost empty tanks!!
We believe "the children are our future" yet WE, parents, have EVERYTHING to do with the future that our children will be!! Speaking with a good friend today brings this into perspective for me. She is a single mother of two. I hear and see how she keeps herself on the back-burner while spending every ounce of her energy on providing for, and pouring her ALL into her children's passions. I commend her motivation, her drive and her commitment. I've seen single Dads out there too, doing all and the best they can to be sure that their youngans are on the right tracks. Yes, I have much love and respect for the married folks too, who have been amazing examples and providers for their babies! These props are for ALL GOOD PARENTS out there!! Most of all, I am grateful for Winston S. and Elaine C. being the parents they are to me and my brothers. I like to think they've done an AWESOME job!!
Again, IT'S ON US, THE PARENTS to provide the future with its leaders, problem solvers, and teachers of GOOD moral standing. For the parents who struggle with this, PLEASE reach out for guidance! Let someone know and don't be too ashamed! Our kids are way more valuable and important than our pride! The world is truly ON US!!
HAPPY TUESDAY Y'ALL!!! I LOVE YOU ALL, EACH AND EVERY ONE!!!!
Bryan Hollomon Williams