Today I checked out Joel Osteen’s website (www.joelosteen.com). I read his thoughts on family and it touched me so much that I want to share it with you.
He said that when it comes to inheritance, it’s not what you leave for people you know that really matters, but what you leave in them. He talked about investing in your children and in your wards. He urged “teach them what you know about life, about God, about money, about everything! Tell them of your experiences, teach them your skills, pass on your recipes, let your children and wards have the privilege of starting where you stopped”.
Let them know the languages you know, teach them your wisdom, knowledge and understanding. Give them all you’ve got, all you now have which you wish you had as a child. Create wonderful memories with your kids, how about washing the car together and getting into a water fight in the process? What about doing the dishes together as you talk about life and how to make decisions? How about praying together as family daily, holding hands during the prayers? How about teaching them teamwork by doing everything together as a family, working on the garden together, cleaning the house together etc, because teamwork is inevitable when they become working class citizens anyway.
But the catch is this, teach them by example, not just words. Remember that saying, ‘what you’re doing is so loud I can’t hear what you’re saying’. People are more receptive to learning when they see you the teacher practicing it. So it’s all about action. Start when they’re little but even if they’re grown, there are some things you can still do with them. This is real good advice and I’ve started implementing it, what are you waiting for!!??
I remain Daniella on firstname.lastname@example.org