I just received The E-Myth in the mail and started reading it almost immediately. It’s a book by Michael E. Gerber about business, which fellow filmmakers, Abandon Films, suggested I read. Best quote so far:
Because my experience as taught me only too well that end points in the development of an extraordinary business are instantly replaced by beginning points.
A perfect business quote, for sure, but also with applications for parenting. I dare say every good parent has that down by now. For parenting, great parenting, requires a constant reexamining of each child’s spiritual, emotional, social, physical, etc change. And that change in the child is the “beginning point” in the parent/child relationship.
Now don’t get me wrong, I am not talking about child-centered parenting; rather I am referring to the fact that God has created each child to be unique, and that the parent (whether the child is biological or adopted, it matters not) must see the Lord’s work in that child in order to be used by God to train and equip him or her. This is opposed to the “all kids are alike” parenting flaw, a quick-fix wrench thrown into the engine of proper parenting. For a parent should never expect their child-rearing methods that work on one child to apply to the rest.
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. — Psalm 139: 13-14
The better parents will be the ones that recognize — and celebrate — the diversity in their children. Although there will be some similarities in the mannerisms and character traits, children span the spectrum like a promise from the Lord.
Every finish line is the beginning of a new race. — Lil Wayne
Be in prayer, Parent, and look for those new beginnings.