Your Child’s Potential Doesn’t Matter!


Potential is only what could be. A child may be naturally gifted in the area of insightfulness, discernment, courage, creativity, or be able to clearly articulate their views very persuasively. They may be blessed with huge ability in music, athletics, language, and science, leadership, or have astonishing technical or engineering ability. He or she may be born with absolutely stunning intellectual firepower. All these things are potentially wonderful gifts. However, their usefulness and effectiveness for the noblest causes of humanity hinge on one important equation: the development of the gifts in relation to the development of wisdom. 

Wisdom is taught, learned, and earned. Kids are NOT born wise. Hear me: They may be born intelligent and gifted … but NOT wise.

Human history is littered with scores of brilliant people, full of potential to bless the human race, who actually brought harm and destruction to millions.

You can be born with passion and have passion for bad values. You can be a persuasive orator yet persuade thousands to go in an immoral direction. You can be an artist of the highest talent and produce art that is sensationally evil. All of the talents and gifts are only useful and good when they are wielded in wisdom! In fact, in an absence of wisdom, powerful gifting often works to the detriment of the possessor and multitudes of others.

Wisdom takes time to learn. Children do not possess the capacity to make wise choices until a moral foundation is established by knowledge, routine, and example. Knowledge. Routine. Example. They have to be instructed, shown bad examples, required to live it, and forced to see it, over and over and over. And guess what—it doesn’t matter if they like it one bit!

Your job and mine is not to win the cool parent of the year award, be buddies with our kids, or make sure all decisions are “OK with everyone.” That is nonsense … no matter what your child’s potential is.

Proverbs 9:10 – Fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowing holiness demonstrates understanding.

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About Kris Hogan

With a 16-year educational tenure under his belt, Kris Hogan has spent the last nine years working at Grapevine Faith High School in Grapevine, Texas. In addition to sitting on its administrative team, Hogan also pulls double duty as Faith’s head football coach. Hogan also was the subject of Remember Why You Play, a 2008 book by sports columnist and author David Thomas that chronicled the lives, struggles and successes of Coach Hogan and his team. READ MORE→