My guest again today is Denise Mira, a homeschool mom of five boys from California. Denise, what have you and your husband Gregory done in your own family to develop the leadership potential of your sons?
We’re certainly not perfect parents, but I would probably say we’ve tried to “aim higher.” Generally speaking, I think it’s our tendency as Americans to dial down and expect less than we should of our children at every age. We wink at mediocrity and bless and encourage normalcy and that might be good enough for the masses, but it’s not good enough to create the world changers we must raise for the glory of God and for the advancement of His Kingdom. In I Timothy, it exhorts a young man: don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers every way. And, Mike, leaders aren’t always charismatic, loud, extroverts. That’s a misunderstanding. Leaders set the pace. Leaders initiate. Leaders pull others to a higher place. I would encourage parents to “raise the bar!” and expect more in every area: spiritual life, service to others, home life, local church life, education—you name it. I continually reminded and still remind my sons (whether age 13 or 23!) of who they are. They are extraordinary, brilliant, and hugely gifted, as I believe every child of God is and unto who much is given, much shall be required.
Thanks, Denise! That is very helpful. Until next time, I’m Michael Smith.