Cultivate: to nurture and help grow
As a parent I am called to cultivate. I am called to nurture, love, and help to my children grow.
I want to cultivate a love for God and godliness in the heart of my children. I want them to see a love for God in me. I want them to grow closer to God each day. I want to help them grow in their own walk with God.
I want to cultivate a love for learning. I have to admit this is hard. School is not always fun. Sometimes they have to do assignments that are not fun and is hard. I still want them to love learning. That is why I let them pick out books to read and subjects to learn about. I want them to seek wisdom and knowledge. I want them to never stop learning.
I want to cultivate a love for reading. I am a bookworm and I love reading. I read anywhere from sixty to seventy books a year. I always try to encourage my children to read for fun. I want them to find the joy of finding a good book.
I want to cultivate a love and kindness for others. I want my children to love others. I want them to treat others with kindness. I try to teach them the importance of being kind. I want to them to show the love of God to others. I want others to see Christ in them.
I want to cultivate a heart for service. I do not know what God has planned for their future. I do know that I want them to follow God’s will for their lives. I want them to have a heart for others. I want them to help others in need.
I am constantly having to cultivate these things in my own heart and life. I need to always be growing.