David Robinson is an NBA Hall of Famer. He has 3 Olympic medals. He has earned an estimated $116 million in his 14 years with the San Antonio Spurs. He’s married with 3 boys. Life is good! Like most parents, David Robinson doesn’t want to spoil his children with the advantages that could be available to them. He desires to guide them into adulthood by imparting values and teaching godly living.
“They have to make decisions…You’re sending them out into the world to either thrive or struggle. It’s a great time for us to see what we’ve planted in these kids and what comes out.” –David Robinson
It’s encouraging as a parent when we see some of those qualities “come out” earlier than adolescence. Hubby & I have tried to teach our kids to love God and to love others, to show respect, empathy, compassion, mercy, sacrifice, and so on. One quality we didn’t seem to have to teach much about is generosity – both boys have taken pleasure from an early age in sharing and giving freely to others.
Most recently, a team of church members went on a short-term missions trip, and as a church, we gathered a number of items to send with them – clothing, sports equipment, school supplies, and small toys. I asked Little Guy if he had anything he wanted to contribute…
Some of these items were special to Little Guy and I told him he didn’t have to give it all away. But the choice was his, and he was insistent because he wanted another little guy to have something special too.
“Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for those who are gracious and compassionate and righteous. Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely, who conduct their affairs with justice. Surely the righteous will never be shaken; they will be remembered forever.” – Psalm 112:4-6
I know I have been deeply blessed by the generous spirit of others; they shared their time, finances, and experiences. I trust my boys will never lose their generous spirits. That they won’t hoard the gifts and resources God gives them because they have become disillusioned by the selfishness and greed of others. And I hope that many of the values that we have tried to impart will help them thrive as they move through their own lives. Like David Robinson, I will always be cheering them on!
"Tougher Than the NBA: David Robinson on Parenting in the Fourth Quarter" by Joshua Cooley, Thriving Family Magazine, March/April 2013,pp.32-34 Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.