Parents are not perfect.
As much as we love we too have moments of selfishness and sometimes in our selfishness we’ve been known to leave scars.
One of my favorite scenes from the Rocky movies is where Rocky Balboa tells his son how proud he is of him. He gives the speech every son needs to hear. (Actually every son and daughter!)
With emotion he warns his son of the world in which we live and what matters is how much we can take and keep moving forward because that’s how winning is done.
I say to every young man whose parent has left a scar this message is for you. For every parent who has struggled with the words, “I love you and I am proud of you.” This is for you.
Let’s speak life into the lives of our children! May our words echo how much they’re valued and loved! In times of difficulty may our actions be ones that encourage and strengthen them so they will know how to take the hard knocks in life.
Jesus warned us in this world we would have troubles. He then provided the answers as to how we would be able to overcome! Now it’s our responsibility to take this message to our children so they will know how to overcome and persevere in a broken world. I hope this doesn’t sound “preachy” because that is not my intention. There have been plenty of times I’ve failed my son’s and I know I’ve contributed to some of the scars they carry. I write with a humble heart that has experienced it’s own pain as I’ve watched my son’s navigate through hard knocks in their lives!
It’s inevitable we will fail our children at times because we will not always parent perfectly. However, our words of affirmation can take our kids to a place where they not only believe in our love but live like they’re loved. In that courage and love they will soar and we will proudly watch them overcome the things in life that try to take them out. Jesus warned us and provided the answers so all would have the power within to know of his love and know the truth of what it means to overcome!
“I have told you all this so that you will have peace of heart and mind. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows; but cheer up, for I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
Tonight let’s raise our glass in honor of our children: May we be cognizant of our words speaking enough love that will infuse them with the courage needed through their troubles to get back up and move forward!