Focus your priorities on what matters most.

Most parents can’t give their children a lavish inheritance, but every parent will leave a personal legacy.

With the excess that surrounds most of us, a lot of families get sidetracked from what really matters. We become so preoccupied with giving kids an inheritance that we forget the significance of leaving a legacy. Sometimes I just have to be reminded that what I give to my children or what I do for my children is not as important as what I leave in them. Isn’t it interesting how “stuff” can distract us from what is really valuable? Too often, parents believe the end goal is to make their kids happy. There are moments when I will buy anything, do anything, and go anywhere if it will just make my kids happy…

Whenever we define a child’s happiness as our ultimate goal, we settle for something far less significant than what God has designed for them or what He has designed them for..

It really doesn’t matter what our kids know if they don’t know what really matters. It would be heartbreaking if your children enjoy the benefits and the prosperity of a better lifestyle, and become experientially rich but never grow relationally and spiritually.

Excerpts from Parenting Beyond your Capacity, p82-p83

What are some things that cause us as parents to lose our focus on what really matters?