My kids struggle with changing their undies and their sheets, much less the globe.
Two of them are currently grounded from the X-box, one of them is in the throes of The Terrible Fours, and the rest are all just normal, fantastic, frustrating kids.
As a good parent, is it wise of me to expect my average rug rats to be World Changers?
Maybe the term World Changer sounds a bit dramatic for you because you have a hunch that yours are just as normal as mine.
Maybe you secretly wonder if it could be true of you and your regular family.
Well, here is my (not-so-secret) secret:
I completely believe that all of my kids were created to be World Changers.
A bit bold? But wait.
I completely believe it about your kids too.
Your kids were created to be World Changers.
Let’s define that term, shall we?
One who refuses to hoard their power and their possessions, but uses them for the benefit of the world.
Defined that way, it doesn’t feel as heavy, does it?
Is it then a good idea to expect every one of our little mushy bears to be World Changers?
I think YES!
Raising World Changers is as simple as these two small steps:
- Together, take an honest look at what our kids personally possess.
- Teach them to use those possessions to benefit their communities and their world.
That is less complicated than, say, ending world hunger.
Let’s break it down.
1. Together, take an honest look at what they personally possess.
What can our kids claim as their own?
Physically: A bike, birthday money and one thousand football cards. What things do they have access to because they are a part of your family? Bookshelves full of Junie B, juice boxes, a couch.
Spiritually: What God-given identity can they claim? They are heard, hand-picked and forgiven. What things do they have access to because they are a part of God’s family? Power, unconditional love, crazy faith.
Personally: What talents and passions are unique to them? Good with numbers, good with babies, good with a paintbrush. Athletic, musical, artsy; daring, nurturing, helpful.
If we want our world changers to :: refuse to hoard their power and their possessions, but use them for the benefit of the world :: they need to first recognize what they possess.
The second thing we can expect out of our kids, with some intentionality, is this:
2. Use those possessions to benefit their communities and their world.
What would that look like to use last year’s birthday money, their yard, their powerful identity and a passion for pink to benefit others?
Because all of those possessions were not given to them exclusively for their own pleasure, but every single thing they possess was intended by God to assist and improve the world.
A practical examples:
One of my sons is crazy about origami. Although folding throwing stars is beneficial to his own creativity, it can be used to interact with the new kid at school and make him feel less alone.
My daughter knows that she is created uniquely beautiful and is learning to see herself as God sees her. She can then use her growing confidence to speak life into other girls struggling with their selfie images.
Another of my daughter is crazy about babies. When families with young children come to our home for dinner, she often scoops them up and plays with them, giving the parents a chance at adult conversation. And any parent of tinies can attest to the value of that half hour.
As our kids’ mindsets about their possessions start to change, they will see more opportunities to assist and serve others with what they have been given. Those opportunities grow with our kids. As they get really good at benefiting their families and their communities, they will have more chances to benefit an ever wider circle of beautiful people. Woohoo! Wild parent cheering!
So what if, right along with teaching our kids to change their underpants, we teach them how to selflessly share, and in doing so Change the World.
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