A lot has happened since this picture a few years ago, when we drove out West to California. Josh, Hannah, and Isaiah are 3 years older. We stopped at the four corners and got our picture taken. The trip was a highlight of our lives, as we got to see America up close.
As a father, I am constantly thinking about ways to pour deposits into my kids that will prepare them for the future. One of our primary desires, Anne and I, is to help develop their character. We are very grateful that God has given them amazing talents in a variety of areas, yet we can't spend all of the formative years developing talent only.
I watch from a distance as parents pour a surplus amount of time, energy, and resources running their kids all over creation to develop their talents. I wonder what might happen if we spent the same energy developing character? It breaks my heart to see kids succeed at a variety of extra-curricular activities and fail so miserably with character.
The most balanced view is a child who has developed character to compliment their talent. Maybe we need to swing the pendulum back on the character side a little more. The most successful people in life are people of character! Any thoughts out there in blogging world?
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