I Samuel 16:7 b says:
“Man does not see what the Lord sees, for man sees what is visible, but the Lord sees the heart.”
Luke 16:15 b says:
“but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight.”
God knows our potential. He knows what He set in our hearts from conception. He knows what we are capable of becoming. He knows the plans He has for our futures. And He knows all of that for each of our children, too.
Do you know your child’s heart? Have you studied it? Tried to plum its depths to understand what makes your child tick? It isn’t an easy thing to do. It takes years of prayer and study. Study as if you were taking the exam of your life—for you are! The results of your exam will be displayed for everyone to see as that child becomes an adult and matures into the person God wants him/her to be—or not.
In his book Parenting Your Powerful Child: Bringing an End to the Everyday Battles Dr. Kevin Leman says (on page 16):
You never know who could be in your home right now. The very child demanding a drink of water and a bedtime story as you try to read this book could be the next president of the United States [or the next Billy Graham—my thought added], set to manage multiple tasks. The one you have to coax to interact with others and who prefers to stay in his room might be the next Bill Gates, set to change computer technology as we know it. The one who argues with you nonstop might someday be a state attorney. The kid who thought he could fly off your roof—even though you warned him that all that goes up must come down—might be the next Albert Einstein. The sassy child who is always challenging the system might be the next Rosa Parks. The kid who mixed chemicals in your garage—even when you told him not to—and out the garage door might be the one who discovers an entirely new form of environment-friendly fuel. And the child who is always spelunking in mud, sticking poison oak springs in his pocket (you know because you got the blistery rash when you did his laundry), and leaving streaks of manure from the neighbor’s garden he blew through on the way to your kitchen might be the one who discovers the cure to cancer.
Think of all the energy you have harnessed in your very own power plant—and what it might mean someday.
Your child’s heart.
Listen to it.
Labor over it.
Let it grow.