Walking Your Child Into Their Calling
Before my oldest was born I would dream about who she would become. Would she become a doctor or what about a lawyer? Maybe she would follow into her mother’s footsteps and become an engineer. Wouldn’t it be nice if she could win a Pulitzer Prize?! I then began to think about all of the activities I need to register her for. 1) I need to make sure she gets into a great school program with a focus on math and science. This will ensure she becomes this great doctor or engineer that I dream about. 2) Let’s see about putting her in those ballet classes. She needs to be well rounded. 3) Oh, and I can’t forget the piano lessons. Some of the brightest people can play the piano. My mind was racing with all kinds of ideas and plans that I had for her. I had to pause and think…all these thoughts and ideas were mine and not her creator’s, the King of kings. Were these activities in His plan? Did my plan align with God’s? What is she designed and created to do?
In the first chapter of Jeremiah the Lord spoke to Jeremiah about his calling. The Lord told Jeremiah that He knew he would be a prophet. The Lord knew Jeremiah would be a prophet before he was in his mother’s womb.
So you mean to tell me that before my daughter was conceived, the Lord knew my child? He knew that she was going to have a big loving heart? He knew that she was going to be tiny, yet strong-willed? He knew she would lie to me about those curse words she was repeating the other day? If He knew all of that then He knows what path she will take! How many times have I made educational and extracurricular plans for my daughter without even praying? What about those ballet lessons that I made her go to? And that summer program I signed her up for? I should be praying that I schedule and plan activities that will assist her in becoming what the Lord designed her to be and not what I want for her. The last thing that I want for her is to be one who pursued a career but lacked the gifts, contacts or opportunities to succeed because others or I pushed her in the wrong direction. ‘In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.’ Proverbs 16:9 NIV
We need to put more faith in God’s plan and not our child’s potential. God’s plan is perfect!
’For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. ‘ Jeremiah 29:11
Teach your child that it’s okay to dream as God gave us the freedom to pursue our path. Help them to understand the dream should not come before or conflict with God’s plans for their lives. God created us as unique human beings with unique gifts and talents for a unique purpose and plan. 'For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. ‘ Ephesians 2:10
In order to help me remember God has a calling for my daughter, I added this quote to her wall, “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you. Before you were born I set you apart for my holy purpose.”
Remember it’s never too early to plant this seed in your little one. Start now by praying.
Lord, help me to learn something new about my child. Help me see what you designed and created her to do. Help me nurture her calling.
Please share with us how you are walking your child into their calling.