Words to SPARK your Heart-Song – Episode #74

September 13, 2021

Don't ask kids what they want to be when they grow up, but problems they want to solve.

Words to SPARK your Heart-Song from our co-founder Sherry Douglas.

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Hey everyone. I’m Sherry Douglas with Heart-Song. I saw a quote by Jaime Casap that says, “Don’t ask kids what they want to be when they grow up, but problems they want to solve. This changes the conversation from who do I want to work for, to what do I need to learn to be able to do that.” This is a powerful concept. Kids are typically natural dreamers. They have creative, unique, and fabulous ideas they want taken seriously. Kids teach us valuable lessons that if we seek their wisdom, we’ll be better adults.

Every child can see problems in their own world and use their critical thinking skills and interests to begin solving them. We can help them dream by simply asking how they would solve the problems they see or experience. If kids begin thinking like this with age-appropriate problems, they will continue it into adulthood, making the world a better place for all of us. Recently I read about a fourth grader who missed her family when she was away from them. That was a big problem for her. The solution? She created a ring that when opened, a picture of her family popped out. I wonder how many other kids wanted rings like that. We and kids can do mighty things by solving problems. Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me.” That verse isn’t only for adults; it’s for kids, too. As they grow, kids remember adults who show them respect and believe in their abilities. The next time you’re with a child, ask, “What problems do you want to solve?” And, the next time you look in the mirror, ask the same question. Live the way you want to be remembered.

See you next week.

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