Doing & Accomplishing

“Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.”

– Charles Swindoll, pastor, author, radio show personality

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It is easy to get way too focused on what you do and accomplish.  And if you are a parent, it is really easy to get caught up in what your kids do and accomplish. This is especially true if your kids are in high school and will soon be completing those college applications that want to know all about all your kid’s achievements.  Think about how much time you spend talking to your kids about things like schoolwork, grades, their sports or activities, and perhaps getting their chores done.

Don’t get me wrong, these things are important – you certainly do not want your kids just sitting around all day.  And encouraging them to work hard and do their best will certainly help them in life.  But are grades, activities and responsibilities all they should be focusing on?  Of course not, but if these are the things you talk about most, these will be the things they will think are most important.  And the kinds of things that are ultimately important, the kinds of things that strengthen the condition of their souls, will be an after-thought at best.