Tuesday, February 9, 2010

7 Steps to Building God Confidence in Children: Step 3

Step 3: Nurture the Gifts that God has given them

Matthew 25:24-30 "Then the man who had received the one talent came. 'Master,' he said, 'I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.”His master replied, 'you wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest. "Take the talent from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents. For everyone who has will be given more and he will have abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'

Every child is born with special gifts from God. Their gift may not be athletic like Michael Jordan’s or Tiger Woods. It may not be charismatic like Barack Obama’s or Oprah Winfrey’s. Instead, it may be that they have a gift for teaching or compassion. But whatever the gift, each one is important to their being able to walk in the destiny God has designed for their life,

Encourage your children to avoid comparing their abilities to those of others. Challenge them to develop their talent. Above all encourage them to use their talent in a way that is pleasing to God.

As a parent it is our responsibility to help our children enhance their gifts. When a child’s natural abilities are not allowed to grow, it will have an impact on their self esteem. Forcing a child into an area in which he or she has no interest or ability will cause them to have low self esteem and ultimately they won’t be able to live up to expectations

Resolve to build up your children and not tear them down. Be careful not to push them to fulfill your dreams than theirs. If you have been oppressive or harsh, seek forgiveness.
Make your home a home of love and encouragement.

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