This month I want to talk about how to guide our children toward their passions, callings, and visions the Lord is beginning to reveal to them in their lives. If you read that sentence thinking, “My middle/high schooler doesn’t have a CLUE what his or her vision, passion, or calling is! How can I guide my child toward that?” Let me assure you, there are steps you can take!
Whether you or your child knows or sees it, he or she is being molded into the person God planned. Learning how to focus in on your student’s purpose and calling requires a few steps, even if the student already has a clear idea of his or her calling in life. This is your opportunity to encourage them, build them up and challenge them to put their faith in the Lord to reach those goals.
You might ask them open-ended and leading questions to see if they are thinking about future careers and the call God has put on their lives. Ask them:
- Was there something you enjoyed doing when you were younger that you still do now?
- If money were not an issue (maybe you would get paid, maybe you wouldn’t), would you do this activity, hobby, etc.?
- When you grow up, which of the following jobs would you most like to have? Why?
-The chief of a major company like General Motors
-A Navy SEAL
-A United States Senator
-The president of a great university like Harvard or Yale
-The personal assistant to a very famous singer or movie star
- What are your biggest dreams?
- How can I help you get started toward that goal?
You don’t have to have all the answers. You just have to listen, believe in them, and help them see things from a different point of view sometimes! They will look to you as an example, a role model, for what they can accomplish in life. Just being there is often the best thing you can do for a teen.
In the Scripture we read that:
“It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone. (Ephesians 1:11-12, The Message)
Helping your child find his or her passion and get a clear vision is one of the most amazing things you can do. Getting their eyes on the Lord and off of the world will catapult them to accomplishing what God has predestined them to do for the Kingdom.
Proverbs 23:7 says:”For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.”
What your students can imagine themselves doing in life, what they have in their hearts to do for the Lord, they can become!