When my children were in the third grade, I began writing a daily thought for them as a way to share my philosophy of life. Admittedly, this philosophy isn’t original, as it combines Judeo-Christian doctrine with that of Greek thinkers, American Indian spiritualists and modern-day inspirationalists. It even includes the influence of a football coach or two.
Each thought is accompanied by a short devotional based on that day’s thought, written at a level that is appropriate for an elementary or middle school reader. Finally, at the end of each day’s reading, I included what we came to call their “affirmation,” a personal statement of belief that our kids have been reciting almost since they could talk.
Although they are written for school-age children, these daily readings became the impetus for great family discussions about God, personal responsibility, planning, love, gratitude, work and relationships.
My hope for you is that these readings will inspire your children to seek wisdom, as they learn who they are and work to become those people.