You started it, you finish it.
Our rule was simple.
You start something, you finish it.
You get out the legos, you put them up when you are finished. Cereal and milk? Better not be left on the cabinet.
One wanted guitar lessons, then after three lessons wanted to be done. Nope, you started it…you finish it. “I don’t want to play baseball anymore” in the middle of the season no less. You started it, you finish it.
They might not have been totally successful, or the star of the team…but they learned responsibility. If you start something, you cannot just quit. You follow through on everything….Whether putting up toys, or making a promise to a friend. As adults, this has served them well.
When I think of the number of times I have started a craft project and wanted to walk away because it got frustrating, I cringe. One such time in my memory I heard two little boys cry: “Mom, you started it…you have to finish it.” I had created monsters.
My children have pursued music lessons, which included the drums, piano and guitar. Art lessons, cooking lessons, soccer, baseball, basketball, football, karate, just to name a few over their childhood and teenage years. But each one they started…they completed.
They each found the things that they loved doing…and continued to learn. Now each of those “loves” has been woven into their adult careers. And I see two very responsible men working, loving and being the men God designed them to be.
No, they are not perfect
(well close, after all I WAS their mother)
Ah, just kidding.
It wasn’t always easy..that is a guarantee, but we must teach our children responsibility. For themselves and the future…..that seems to be missing a bit from our culture. Let’s not forget to work at it!
Colossians 3:23-24 “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”
IN CHRIST ALONE
*google image, NIV Bible*