The Greatest Gift I Can Give My Kids

I can teach my girls a lot of great life lessons. I can teach them manners. To love their bodies. To stick up for the bullied. To love everyone. To respect their elders. To open doors and give up their seat.

But the greatest gift I think I can give my kids is to teach them that everyone makes mistakes. Mistakes are okay. Everything can be forgiven. All things can be made right by God.

If I can give the gift of mistakes to my kids, they may never fall victim to shame. Guilt is the reminder we did something wrong and we need to try to make it right. But shame is sticky. We may know we are washed clean by forgiveness, but shame makes us feel unclean.

Sure, I want to protect my kids from all of the painful pitfalls their wrong choices will drop them in, but I want to be sure those warnings don’t shadow their future after they fall. Because they will fall. Some will be stumbles that leave bruises that heal quickly. But some will be face-plants that want to leave scars.

If I can give the gift of mistakes to my kids, they will learn to love others unconditionally. Without prejudice. Without the lie that some wrongs are so great they make a person unlovable, unaccepteable, mistreatable, or undeserving. There are no such wrongs. Not one person’s struggle is any uglier than another’s in the eyes of God.

If I can give the gift of mistakes to my kids, they will be empowered. They won’t fear the unknown. They will know their worth. They will believe in their purpose. They will rise to the occasion. They will use their gifts. They will fly.

If I can give the gift of mistakes to my kids, nothing will stop them.

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