Sometimes, we open up Fearless Mom to Q&A…live after a lecture or online. I love hearing the questions moms are asking! During one Q&A, one mom asked me, “Of all that you taught your kids, what do you think is the MOST IMPORTANT thing you taught them?” At first, I thought the question was overwhelming…over 20 years of being a mom, I feel like I’ve taught (or attempted to teach, at least!) lots of things. Then, it hit me…of all that Mac and I taught our kids, I believe the MOST IMPORTANT thing we taught them was YOU’RE STRONG ENOUGH TO BE THE ONLY ONE. Yep. That’s it. YOU’RE STRONG ENOUGH TO BE THE ONLY ONE.
We worked hard to teach our kids good manners, kindness, honesty, respect, hard work, forgiveness, responsibility, gratitude, and other virtues and character traits. And yes, we definitely believe in teaching kids that faith in God is THE most critical component of living a fulfilled life. But, if you think about it, actually living out that faith requires believing that YOU’RE STRONG ENOUGH TO BE THE ONLY ONE. Actually, believing that YOU’RE STRONG ENOUGH TO BE THE ONLY ONE becomes the foundation on which all other important virtues, character traits, and life decisions are built.
Maya Angelou said, “Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.” And I believe that COURAGE is believing that YOU’RE STRONG ENOUGH TO BE THE ONLY ONE.
- You’re strong enough to use self-control and use words when you’re angry, even when your friend or sibling doesn’t.
- You’re strong enough to tell the whole truth, even when it may cost you or someone else.
- You’re strong enough to obey the rule that no one else thinks is a big deal.
- You’re strong enough to be in a different class than all of your friends from last year.
- You’re strong enough to tackle that homework on your own and remember to turn it in, even if the other moms and dads are doing their kids’ projects.
- You’re strong enough to speak up for someone being picked on or bullied on the playground, even when no one else does.
See what I mean? Believing that YOU’RE STRONG ENOUGH TO BE THE ONLY ONE changes everything! Now, how do we teach our kids YOU’RE STRONG ENOUGH TO BE THE ONLY ONE? Well, Mac and I are teaching on this very thing Sunday morning at Lake Hills Church! We hope to see you there, but if you can’t make it, we will attach the link on Monday! Stay tuned!!!