For the last year or so I have been facilitating a small study group with a hunger to understand not only leadership values but what has God called us to do. Out of that study there have been several revelations to the developmental phases of a young persons life. We are very blessed to have the opportunity to nurture our young into meaningful productive God fearing people.
But where do we fail them?
I believe one of the early stages of when we let them down is when we fail to “affirm” them. Now, many of you reading this will not associate with that statement. However, when we look at the breakup of many families today one of the most telling statements heard is of how the kids are NOT valued. Do we allow boys to be boys, or girls to be girls? Certainly NOT! Neither gender can compete “honestly” in any competition. We teach them from an early age that “misrepresenting the truth” is an OK (no winners, no losers) thing to do. The reality is there are winners and losers. Another reality is…some of those winners have turned into big losers while some of the losers have turned into some of the biggest and brightest stars we’ve seen.
Consider; Susan Boyle, a Scottish singer who appeared on Britain’s Got Talent in 2009. She finished second, but her amazing talent captured the world’s attention. Her 1999 rendition of “Cry Me a River”was watched over 100 million times! Boyle even made 5 Million Pounds with the release of I Dreamed a Dream. How’s that for a Successful Loser?
Boyle was Boyle and under pressure refused to change. She refused to be a poser!
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