Monday, August 23, 2010

Kids are like cockleburs

From Focus on the Family

Have you ever had the experience of walking through an open field and feeling the sting of small cockleburs — those annoying thin brown weeds, armed with spines — in your shoes and around your ankles?

But there is something interesting about cockleburs. Inside those seed pods are several seeds, and they germinate in different years. If the first seed fails to sprout one year, the second is still waiting in the ground.

But if the second one doesn’t take root, there is still a third seed waiting for the year after that. They are the original “time release” capsules.

How do these cockleburs relate to children? We, as parents work so hard to teach certain concepts to our kids in the hopes some of them are going to take root and grow. But many of those seeds fail to germinate and the effort seems in vain.

The good news is that this instruction can be like a time release capsule. It may lie dormant for a decade or more, and then suddenly break through the ground and sprout. The key is to remain faithful to the cause — continue planting seeds and not get discouraged. The harvest may be long, but it’s worth the wait.


From TODAY, Voices - Thursday, 05-Aug-2010
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