“My kid may never be the star.
And that is OK.
My kids may not have a trophy table and medal rack in their bedroom.
I may never get to post any little league championship ring team pictures.
I may not have the chance to cover their walls with newspaper clippings displaying their talents.
They may never qualify for that big sporting event or be formally honored at an academic awards ceremony.
They may not be honor roll students or the lead in the play.
They might be the kid who makes the team, only to stand on the sidelines.
They may be the kid who misses the game-winning free throw or drops the pop-fly.
They may be an average performer for their entire school career.
They may be a below-average student for their entire school career.
And that’s okay.
Because they are called to be so much more than a performance.
Now don’t get me wrong, those awards and accomplishments are pretty cool.
But it’s not who they are.
Our kids aren’t a ring, a framed piece of paper, or a write-up in a newspaper.
That’s not what they’re called to.
They’re called to be salt and light.
To act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with God.
They are called to speak up for those who can’t speak for themselves.
To love others, care for the poor, feed the hungry, and clothe the naked.
To do right and seek justice.
To obey the Lord’s commands.
To throw off their sin, to pick up their cross and follow Christ.
To seek His kingdom and righteousness.
To praise Him, endure hardship, and go spread the Gospel.
They are called to be more than any school accomplishments.
True success doesn’t look like trophies, rings, plaques, or medals.
True success looks like Jesus.
Let’s be sure to teach our kids that.”
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