When Jordyn was six years old, she had a really BIG idea! She wanted to send a fifteen-year old girl named Jenna to Disney World after Jenna “finished her medicine” for brain cancer. Now, 18 months later, Jordyn has gone on to create and complete two additional major Love Projects. And, through this process, the way we operate as a family has changed:
- We listen more intently to the hearts of our children and try to support their ideas.
- We actively pursue ways we can love other people.
- We talk more about the importance of loving God and loving others in response to our Christian faith.
- We have grown closer to God, as we watch Him do what only He can do.
To make these changes, Todd and I needed to recapture our child-like faith, release our adult-sized limitations, and simply, say YES!
1. Recapture our child-like faith. One morning Jordyn was lying on the floor, grabbing her ankle and screaming in pain. When I asked what happened, she said, “I don’t want to tell you!”
Knowing she was hurt, I asked again, which is when she told me she jumped off the table. Of course I had to ask, “Why did you jump off the table?”
She said, “Because I wanted to fly!”
When I asked why she thought she could fly, she said, “Well, the Bible says I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength!”
There is a beauty of child-like faith where children have absolutely no limitations, no boundaries, no financial concerns, and no idea of what is or is not possible.
2. Release our adult-sized limitations. Once upon a time, we believed anything and everything was possible! We believed in the magic of Disney, the mystery of Santa Claus, we battled bad guys and had tea parties with other Princesses. And then… we grew up and “reality” set it.
Our bank accounts became finite, bills multiplied like bunnies; we had our share of success, as well as failure. We were told “No!” time and time again. We were rejected and our ability to believe anything was possible grew jaded. Sadly, we lost our ability to think and dream big. However, our children are overflowing with ideas that helped us re-learn what it is like to dream big again.
3. Say “yes”! Many excuses flooded our minds when Jordyn came to us with her idea for Jenna:
- “We don’t know the family!”
- “Do you have any idea what this will cost?”
- “We do not have time to raise all this money!”
But Something compelled us to support Jordyn’s crazy big idea.
We have come to learn that if as parents we are trying to squeeze our children into our dreams, our plans, and our lifestyles, we have it all backwards. Instead, we believe it is important to invest our time now into the child-like dreams and big ideas of our children while they still believe anything and everything is possible. All too soon we will blink and they will be all grown up.
Friends, the beauty is that your family can do this too, and we’d love to help!! Over the next few months, we will be rolling out a new blog series on how to help your children turn their big ideas and dreams into reality. We’d love for you to join our mailing list, and join us on Facebook to stay up-to-date on this series!
Q. What big ideas and dreams do your children have? You can leave a comment below!