Most families will have at least one kid they consider strong willed. They are the ones who love to have their own opinions. When given two choices they may come up with a third…happens often in the Talley house. I offer A or B and they will pick C….every. single. time.
They don’t like to feel pinned in….they feel there are so many other options to choose from that I just haven’t thought of yet. I know strong willed kids have gotten a bad rap in the past. Their personalities have been described in a negative tone, but I think they are amazing.
These are the kids that will grow up to be the ones who have breakthrough simply because they will not give up…ever. They will change the world because of their tenacity. They will take a dreamers dream and make it a reality. They will think outside the box. And not only that…they will create a whole new box on the other side of the room that is bigger and better and a different color. Oh how I love strong-willed kids!!!
They are made exactly…EXACTLY…the way God intended them to be. They may be a challenge from time to time. They may need guidance…a lot of the time, but they are strong for a reason. Let them grow in that strength so they can be all the God wants them to be.
As I was pondering this whole idea of strong-willed kids, something occurred to me. Jesus was a strong willed child too!! The life he lived was very unconventional. He lived outside the box! He needed to have a strong will to live the life he lived. He needed that will to make it to the cross. He was determined to set us free. And I, for one, am grateful that Jesus had that strong will to be obedient to the end.
So let’s embrace our strong willed kids.
Let’s celebrate their unique contribution to this world. They are world changers.
They were born for such a time as this!