A New Year’s Resolution for Families
What word do you want to encapsulate your family’s vision for 2018?
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Webster defines heart as “the central or innermost part, the essential or most vital part of something, one’s innermost character, feelings, inclinations”.
“It is only with the heart that someone can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
What is most important in my life is not what I can see: how skinny I am, the clothes I wear, my house, or even how well my daughter behaves in certain situations. It’s what is in our hearts that drives how we live.
The behaviors that I desire in my daughter must start in her heart. If I want her to be obedient or helpful or generous, it must all begin deep inside.
When making decisions in our family, we think about characteristics that address issues of the heart. Truth, grace, love, humility, selflessness…do the things we do as parents create an environment that fosters these ideals?
For example, when confronted with my demanding three year-old, my focus is on her heart. When she throws a fit as a way to get what she wants, I often address her behavior with a conversation. I express my concern about her attitude and try to guide her toward understanding what it looks like to have a humble heart.
Also, when I’m organizing my day and putting my agenda before my daughter’s needs, my own heart is not in the right place. Now this doesn’t mean that I center my whole life around her; it does mean that I may have to adjust my priorities.
Words are powerful and can hold a lot of weight. Using “heart” as our guide, I hope to direct our actions in such a way that will not only eliminate empty activities, but emphasize things that will also be life-giving.
Whether you have a newborn or small children, what word do you want to encapsulate your family’s vision for 2018?
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