I just saw a story on TV about a family where six out of the ten children all started college by age 12. The mother, who home-schooled them, said that she is not a genius, her husband is not a genius and her kids aren’t either. She just encouraged them to have fun while learning. One of the daughters will be a doctor at age 22, one of the youngest in American history. It was never about pushing them to achieve, but just to find what they were passionate about and learn as much as they could about that subject.
Though my kids go to public school, this story encourages me to help them discover what they are passionate about and pursue whatever that may be. It inspires me, at age 45, to pursue what I’ve been passionate about since I was old enough to read, but was never encouraged to do—music! As a parent, it’s easy to get caught up in the busyness of life and forget how influential we can be in our children’s lives. An encouraging word can mean the difference between choosing the path less traveled or taking the wide road everyone else is on.
So what are you passionate about? What gets you excited and fired up? I believe those things we are most passionate about are given to us by God as He knit us together in our mother’s wombs. When we pursue those things He placed in our innermost being, then we fulfill His purpose for our lives and glorify Him in the process.