"And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man." Luke 2:52
Jesus, the Perfect Child was well-grounded and well-rounded. We have already discussed those two aspects of His life and we have held them up as goals for our own children as they develop.
Today, I want to call your attention to a third aspect of Jesus' development as a child, He was unbounded.
What do I mean by unbounded?
Joseph and Mary set up boundaries around Jesus but didn't set up obstacles or barriers in front of Him! Jesus' parents were wise enough to know He belonged to God more than He belonged to them. They knew He belonged to the ages and not for those years.
Joseph and Mary keep Jesus unbounded by not pressuring Him into a career of their choice or pushing onto a path that pleased them. Instead, they steered Him toward God's Word, toward God's Will and toward His own areas of giftedness. They guided Jesus toward the discovery of His Master and toward His mission and as He made those discoveries His life took on new meaning. They made sure Jesus life would be defined by nothing less than God's vision for His life.
That is a great model of parenting for those who have small children today. Establish boundaries around them and enforce those boundaries with loving guidance and discipline, but don't put unnecessary barriers in front of them.
Resist the temptation to relive your dreams or desires through your children. Refuse to superimpose your dreams for your children upon them, but commit to helping them discover God's vision for their life.
Just like Jesus, your child's calling should be decided for him on the basis of God's Word, God's will and the gifts God has invested in his life.
That is parenting that shapes unbounded children. The only limitations on their lives are those placed by their faith, their commitment, their talents, their gifts, their personal discipline, their motivation, the people they bring around themselves and their opportunities.
An unbounded child is like a blank check that you have created and nurtured and then given to God to write in the amount.
At FredWes, we want to develop unbounded children! We want to raise up world-changing champions for God who trust Him use their lives "exceedingly abundantly more than they can ask or think".
Jesus grew to greatness by being well-grounded, well-rounded and unbounded. God help us to develop Christ-like kids!