Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Praising Their Character

Like most of us with young children I spend a lot of time around other people with young children.  I've noticed I hear a lot about how our kids aregood at sports, or how pretty they are, how smart they are. I'm sure I am guilty of this myself. I started to wonder why we do this. Why are we focusing more on those things than the character and heart issues that God looks at?  I read a devotional that discussed praising our kids when we catch them doing something good. It got me thinking about what I am praising them for. My job is to praise and build up the qualities in my children that God thinks are important.  

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness and self-control. Galatians 5:22-23

I am committed to catch my kids displaying these qualities and praise them for it. Being patient with their siblings, putting others needs before their own, acting in love even when it is difficult, obeying with a joyful heart.

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9

I am committed to stop comparing my kids to anyone else. To stop measuring what they do by the world's standards.  I don't think there is any better gift I can give them as their Mommy.

Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ. Galatians 1:10

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188 comments:

theolivetree said...

amen~

Jessi said...

love. love. love.

Handbags*N*Pigtails said...

SOOOO true! This is something we live by as well. After I read "Bringing Up Girls" we solidified this choice in our home. While I think theyre beautiful, I dont want my girls to put any stock in outer appearances. Beauty Fades. Character lasts forever and its what theyre known by!
xo,
Sarah
Last Post: It Happens Every Time
http://handbagsnpigtails.blogspot.com/2011/05/it-happens-every-time.html

katie said...

So true. Thanks for the reminder.

Hattie said...

Great post!!! I try to remind myself this all the time!!!

Kelly said...

BEAUTIFUL friend!

Aly @ mommie diaries said...

Yes, i love this! it takes discipline to "catch" them and then praise them... it's hard work, but it's the most important work!

Aimee said...

Love this thought!

Alissa Smith said...

I needed this today. Maybe I'll hang up a list of the fruits of the spirit to remind me to look for them!

hannah singer said...

no better gift indeed! thanks for the nudge:)

xo

Heart n Soul said...

great thoughts Jami ... i have intentionally talked with my kids about how beautiful their heart is as I try to be more concerned with character than how smart or pretty they are. Sometimes it requires a bit of digging to unearth those special qualities but so worth it :)

Emily said...

thanks for commenting on my blog. your blog is adorable! ill be checking back in! :)

Laurie J said...

yes. best gift we can give our kiddos. thanks for sharing this!
<3

thearielroseblog said...

very sweet post :-)

stefbarcus said...

thank you... i needed that.

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