We were recently blessed to attend the baby dedication of our first granddaughter, Hadley Grace Wick, at National Community Church in Washington, D.C.
We appreciated how the pastor asked Jonathan & Emily ahead of time to identify five characteristics they’d love the Lord to instill in Hadley.
They listed: Compassion, Humility, Bravery, Generosity, and Authenticity. While Hadley is a bit young to comprehend this prayer, you can be sure these qualities reflect what our kids want their own lives to exhibit—and it’s what they’re hoping to see in us as well.
We love how God works up and down the generational chain, using our kids and grandkids to challenge us to live lives worthy of respect. This generation to generation thing isn’t only moving from oldest to youngest. God wants to use younger adults, teens, children, even babies—to continue building His character in us.
Yes, Hadley will learn lots over the years from her parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents. But when it comes to character, much more is caught than taught. May WE, too, live compassionately, humbly, bravely, generously, and authentically!
What are five qualities you want to characterize your life?