There are several things I want to build into my kids. One of them is an attitude of a crusader. A crusade is a vigorous, aggressive movement for the defense or advancement of an idea or cause.
We need to teach our kids to crusade on their own behalf … to crusade for their own future. It will be essential for reaching their potential in any endeavor.
There are two scenarios of life we all repeatedly face, and a crusader will navigate these better than a non-crusader. First, the largest hurdles our kids will face are difficult people and difficult circumstances. The combination is enough to discourage anyone who isn’t on a crusade! In fact, I would argue that if you are not on a crusade, the repetitive onslaught of these two foes will be almost impossible to overcome.
Second, our kids will encounter great circumstances and great people. A crusader will capitalize on these golden opportunities. By definition, they will identify great circumstances much more often than a non-crusader. Additionally, great people are naturally drawn to enthusiastic and energetic youth driven to make their life count. I tell my kids, “If you are not willing to crusade for yourself, do not expect others to crusade for you. But, if you strive passionately for your goals, people will pop up all around to help you.”
We must raise crusaders! They only have one life … but once is enough if they do it right.