No, I am not really teaching them to sharpen an actual knife but it is a great analogy for what I do what to teach them. I may be off on this but you do not actually want to “sharpen” your knife a lot. Sharpening actually removes the metal. Where as a sharpening steel does not actually sharpen the edge but rather straightens it. That can be done again and again without damaging the edge, if you do it correctly.
That is what I want the Triplets to be intentional about who they are around. Another thing I want them to learn is that they can learn while teaching and teach while learning. It is kind of like John Maxwell’s saying: “Leadership is not about titles, positions or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another.” We are always influencing others.
Another thing is turning it into a daily habit and to look for opportunities to learn from others. Man, this raising kids stuff is tuff!
Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.
Your children are the greatest gift God will give to you, and their souls the heaviest responsibility He will place in your hands. Take time with them, teach them to have faith in God. Be a person in whom they can have faith. When you are old, nothing else you’ve done will have mattered as much.