“You see, children know such a lot now, they soon don’t believe in fairies, and every time a child says, ‘I don’t believe in fairies,’ there is a fairy somewhere that falls down dead.”
“Fathers, don’t exasperate your children that they lose heart.”
When a child has lost heart and is afraid to try, she won’t develop the abilities she has been given. When she is afraid to explore, her small world remains her life. When she is afraid to love, she won’t realize what it really means to be human.
But, a child who has heart, a “braveheart,” faces fears with courage. She tries and finds she can. She explores and is drawn further. She loves, learning for what she was created. The child with heart becomes the best she can be because she is willing to try new things, meet new people, stretch her legs and stand for something beyond herself.
The big idea of Braveheart—success depends on the courage to try—finds firm feet in Colossians 3:21: “Fathers, don’t exasperate your children that they lose heart.” The opposite of a lost heart is having heart, a “braveheart,” and is especially important in our world of fears. Yet, the simple idea of “heart,” central to God’s direction for parents, is hard to find. Building Bravehearts helps parents link courage and success and build their own Bravehearts.