Hindsight Is 20/20: What I Wish I’d Told My (Now Grown) Kids

My momma used to say, Hindsight is 20/20.

But I never really understood what that meant until I was old enough to look back and discover that time is like a really good teacher that showed up to give you all the answers after you already graduated.

Looking in the rearview mirror of my mom journey has had a way of bringing clarity to what I couldn’t see when I was smack dab in the middle of it.

It’s so easy to get caught up in being a mom that you forget to focus on the ultimate goal. Today, I want to share with you five things I want to my kids to know.

Not just when they are young, but when they are in their teens, their 20s, their 40s and their 80s.

The things that will stick like velcro to their hearts and will remain for the rest of their lives.

Maybe you haven’t really thought about it yet … you know, those things you want to be sure to seal in the hearts.

Today, thanks to hindsight, I’m looking in the rearview mirror of motherhood and taking a few minutes to share with you my top five things I wish I’d told my kids.

5 Lessons I Learned From Hindsight

1. God loves you with a relentless love—Period. The end. Not because of what you do or don’t do. Not because of how much you serve Him, how many times you’ve read the Bible, how many people you’ve witnessed to, what kind of grades you got in school, what kind of job you have, who you married, how many kids you have, how much money you make or what kind of house you live in.


Nothing can add to that love. Nothing can diminish it.

You may not love Him, but He will never stop loving you.

2. This life isn’t really about this life, so live it intentionally, passionately, faithfully—It’s easy to get caught up in the moment, in the rat race, in being number one, looking out for number one and making a name for yourself. But the moments that make up your life are made up of opportunities to make an eternal difference in the lives of those around you and change the world one life at a time.

Be responsible for what you’re responsible for. Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today. And don’t just let life happen, make it happen … prayerfully, strategically, working hard and being a testimony of integrity and faith.

Make your eternity intentional. You’ll have forever to be glad you did.

Stephanie Shott
Stephanie Shotthttp://www.themominitiative.com
Stephanie Shott  is a pastor’s wife, mom of two adult sons, abuela (grandma), writer, speaker and Bible teacher who loves Jesus like crazy and loves ministering to the hearts of women. She founded The M.O.M. Initiative with a passion to help the body of Christ make mentoring missional.

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