In your parenting, do you find yourself generally expecting your kids to behave poorly? Do you assume the worst? Or do you assume that they’ll do well and are actually surprised and saddened when they fail to do their best? In 1 Corinthians 13:5 & 7, Paul tells us that true love “keeps no record of wrongs. . . .It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres” (NIV). When God loves you and me, He wholeheartedly expects the best from us, His beloved children. We should do the same. Not only is this right—it works. Kids generally rise to meet our expectations. Deep down they want to please us. So, aim high!

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Suggested Reading: 1 Corinthians 13