“He is a really good basketball player.”
“She is a great dancer.”
“He loves mathematics and always scores high in that subject.”
“Oh, she is the best piano player in the district.”
“He will perform in front of thousands!”
“She has such a caring heart for others.”
Looking inwardly, I noticed that in some areas I am really strong and mature and in others…not so much. For example, I do extremely well in working out three times a week, but then I’ll eat Krispy Kreme donuts, cheesecake and a burger on the other side which cancels healthy living completely out :-).
I noticed this same pattern in my children as well. We have an extremely gifted child when it comes to academics, but he will leave you in the dust when it comes to compassion. I have another child strong in compassion, but won’t clean up behind himself until he is asked. My goal is to develop the whole child. I’m intentional in providing knowledge, training and experiences that will touch each area of the child making even the underdeveloped area a modest strength.
Deuteronomy 6:5 says,”You shall love the Lord your God with ALL your heart, with ALL your soul, and with ALL your strength. It is my desire that my sons love the Lord their God completely, fully, leaving nothing of themselves out. As a parent, my love response back to my Creator is developing the whole child so they may reach their full potential of what God placed in them…living in wholeness, fully, leaving nothing out.