A few weeks my children’s ministry type friends were at the Orange Conference. I’ve been to and posted about it several times because it’s exactly my heart–the church and parents working together. It helps churches equip and empower parents to raise their kids for the Lord. After all, churches get one day a week, while parents get six!
As I was watching the Instagram stream, I saw many people posting pictures like this…
Those numbers are the weeks, days, hours minutes and seconds I have until my children graduate. Basically, Orange released an app where you enter your kids’ birthdate or graduation date so you can see how long you have to influence your kids.
I know those numbers look big, but when I thought about only 500-600 weeks with my kids, I was overwhelmed. 500 is not a big number. If I only make one memory with my kids a week, that’s only 500 memories. That’s only 500 great seeds to plant in my kids’ heart. As an eternal super-parent-wanna-be, I think I’d love for my kids to walk away with more than 500 gifts from me.
I didn’t want those numbers to be a fleeting idea for me. So, I decided to make some lists. Because making lists is what I do.
I divided it up and began five different lists:
100 Places I Want To Take My Kids
100 Scriptures I Want My Kids To Know
100 Lessons I Want My Kids To Learn
100 Books I Want My Kids To Read
100 Things I Want My Kids To Be Able To Do
Just picking the titles of the lists were an exercise. I’ve only started on one of the lists and it’s a big undertaking. But as I think on the titles and the lists, it makes me evaluate how purposeful my parenting is–am I loving, leading, discipling and modeling to make these 500 events/gifts/experiences happen? Even though I know I can’t do every single solitary thing on these lists, it reminds me of what I really want for my kids.
So, click the graphics below to see my lists (I’ll be updating this page with my lists).
I’ll be updating all my lists in the next few days and weeks. I’d love for you to join me in this exercise. Grab the Legacy app (for apple or android) or just get a calculator and figure it out yourself. Then, take my list titles or make up your own. Now start writing!
So, how much longer do you have with your kids?