Thankfully our exhausted efforts never outrun Gods sovereignty in the lives of our kids.
I heard John Piper speak at Passion a few years ago. This quote stuck. " God's love for you is so great that He doesn't make you the endpoint."
I find those words both funny and comforting! He knows better than to let us be our end. He happily wants to be what satisfies our souls. A jam packed calendar of events, a good standing with the Honor Roll, or doing our best to "save the world" or our community may have a role in developing character of course, but is it the ultimate goal.
"Self will never be able to satisfy a heart made for God."-Piper
If eternity is in view as we raise our families then we can say no to chasing fluffy schedules and fancy awards.
Who do you want your child to BE?