If there was any gift in the world that you could give to your children, what would it be? Would it be happiness? Would it be experience? Would it be riches beyond measure? Would it be the ability to see into the heart of things and have compassion for others? As parents, you want the best for your children. You want to give them every experience you never had. You also want them to grow up with a healthy understanding of life, to be successful, to have great marriages, and to ultimately love and be loved in return in a capacity greater than any you ever experienced.
Your children canâ€™t have everything, but you do your best and the rest is up to the creator of the universe. There are things in life that are up to you. Much is up to the winds of chance. You can teach your children all you know about life, however. You can also show them the world and allow them to then form their own conclusions about life.
Here are some things you should teach your children when you take them to see the world: Theyâ€™ll glean what theyâ€™re meant to glean, they come to pragmatic conclusions, and ultimately, theyâ€™ll be better people because of it.
Not Everyone is Happy
The modern world is really good at setting up facades for people to peer into. Social media, movies, television, and things of the like are experts at this. Your child is growing up in a world based on putting up a face and showing a smoke and mirror image of life on Facebook and Instagram.
They compare their lives to the lives of others, but in a way that makes it look like the grass is greener on the other side of the hill. When you take your children traveling, theyâ€™re able to see that this is not the case. People are hurting all around the world. People have less than you, and theyâ€™re showing signs and symptoms of lifestyles that rob their hosts of joy and happiness.
They Can Make A Difference
When your child grows up traveling and is forced to come face to face with the brokenness and hurt that is in the world, they are able to look at their own lives and view things differently. This helps them realize that they are not only blessed, but they have the power in their privilege to make a difference in the world. It might not be through money, and it might not be feeding the homeless, but it can look like whatever they want it to look like.
The point of it all is that travel opens up a soul and allows it to come face to face with the world in all her beauty, ugliness, adventure, and trials. Teach your children that to live is an adventure, to love is a necessity.