In Kimmel’s book “Grace Based Parenting” the entire chapter 4 is called A Significant Purpose. He writes about the importance of encouraging our children to realize the truth of why they are on this Earth. Yes, to glorify and worship God… but through what means? Christ had a purpose for His life on Earth, and we cannot destroy His work on the cross by refusing to encourage and allow our children to find their purpose and live it out...
In Nothing But A Thief, Speakman shares a conversation she had with one of the Peruvian street boys, Edwin.
“Life on the streets runs together day after day. You live hour by hour, stealing for food, inhaling glue, letting the drugs become you and consume you…”
She finally asked him, “So why do you get up in the morning?”
“My own hunger,” he said. “We all try to sleep as long as we can, and we get up only when our hunger drives us to move and to live another day.”
The author then made this point,
“If you were to ask a twenty-one year old in the US why he gets up in the morning, what would he say? Girls, school, work, dreams and hopes of the future, family, maybe the smell of breakfast cooking downstairs… What would you say to that question? Probably something very different from Edwin’s answer. Edwin’s reply was one of survival. He answered with little thought. He didn’t take time to consider dreams, or the people he loved or who loved him. Hunger. I’m starving, so I get up, so I can survive.”
Restoring Purpose in Bombo
“My name is Juma. You are most welcome in Daniel’s Home. I am in P4/P5. When I grow up, I want to be a music producer.”
“… I want to be a lawyer...”
“… I want to be a footballer...”
“… I want to be an engineer…”
“… I want to be a pilot…”
“… I want to be a worship leader…”
What purpose and significance are you teaching your children? Why does your child wake up every morning?