Okay guys, its time to lay down a challenge for you. Its time to ask you to look in the mirror to describe what you see and then to ask yourself a slightly different question. “When your children look at you, what do they see?”
Sure, you want to have them grow up to be godly men who love the Lord and who treat their wives and children with kindness, love, and wisdom; men who work with honesty and treat all people with respect.
But men, do you understand that what will influence your children more than what is taught them, are those examples of living that they caught. So, is what you desire to teach them, role-modeled in how you actually live? (if you bold enough, you might want to ask you wife for her input on this).
Prov.22:6–“Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it”
- “that’s a fantastic picture of what we are to do as parents in shaping our children’s morals and bending their hearts toward loving God and finding joy in Him. We shouldn’t just teach them, but we should train them as well. We should touch their spiritual palates. And the best way to do this is to model it for them to see. As we parents chew on God’s Word and touch our kids’ palates with our lives , we will naturally create in them an appetite for God’s ways . We can actually create the crave.
- as young teenagers we saw our dad every morning sitting on his green stool and reading his Bible or kneeling at the couch praying. Every time we woke up, he was already there, modeling for us how men of God prepared themselves for the day.”
notes from “Whatever the Cost” by David and Jason Benham