Instilling Vision: Part One
God’s Word tells us to “Train up a child in the way THEY should go.” What that means is: What is your child’s “bent”? What are your child’s unique giftings? It really helps to understand your child’s personality type. When my kids were young, I listened to Pastor John’s Personality Series. It gave me insight into how to discipline them, as well as what possible career choices might fit their personality “bent.” I kept a file in my computer and when I noticed something that my sons were good at, I would go to my computer and add it to the list. Or when TJ mentioned something that he might want to pursue as a career, I would add it to the list.
I believe the ideal time to start instilling vision into your child is between the ages of 8-12. I started this list when he was 13, but wish I had started it earlier. A parent of discernment is able to see their child 10 years down the road. Get them thinking about career choices way before they are ready for a career. What you are doing is planting seeds. That way when they turn 18 or 21 they are ready to move out, because those seeds of vision that you have been planting for the past 10 years can grow and blossom. Here is the list that had for my son TJ:
Possible Career Options for TJ
TJ’s personality type in order from most to least is:
D. S. C. I.
- Accountant / CPA
- Financial planner
- Financial investor
- Family Counselor
- Sports Therapist
- Business Owner / Real Estate Owner
- Music Store owner
- Take over business from someone else.
TJ is now 21 and is working for the top seller in Keller Williams Real Estate. The above list was made from things TJ said to me as well as things that I noticed about him. For example, from a very young age he loved the game of Monopoly and would win nearly every time we played. I’m not surprised that he’s working in Real Estate today. So pay attention to those types of things in your kids.
Check back in tomorrow for Part Two!