Raising Champions

Proverbs 24:3-4 By wisdom a house is built,
And by understanding it is established;
And by knowledge the rooms are filled
With all precious and pleasant riches.

I use that phrase a lot when talking about parenting. That ought to be our goal in our parenting, to raise and train champions. A champion is someone who consistently wins at almost everything they put their hand to because they want to win. Wanting to win is not driven by a desire to beat someone else but to be the best they can be. A champion does what needs to be done when they feel like it, and when they don’t feel like it because it needs to be done. A champion knows that the key to winning is hard work, lots of it, and they have learned to enjoy the feeling of being exhausted at the end of a hard day. A champion gets bored quickly with the status quo, with things being the same, with easy, with comfortable, they are always raising the bar, adding some more weight to the bar, writing more challenging goals. A champion is humble. They know that there is no such thing as a self-made champion, we all need help, need encouragement, need counsel, need a kick in the butt, and they are always looking for it, and when they get it, they say thank you. A champion has eliminated the phrase, “it’s hard” from their vocabulary; they don’t complain, gripe, fuss, or grumble; they just don’t.

No one is born a champion, they are trained into being a champion by wise parents. I am teaching a class on how to raise champions starting April 11th, Sunday mornings, at 10:15 till 11:15 am at JBC in the Discipleship Center upstairs in room 202.

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