Have you ever thought about the influence you have upon your children? No, I mean REALLY think about it! I mean to think about the short term and long term influence you are having in their lives.
The scripture speaks of raising our children in the way they should go. It also speaks of bringing them up with the discipline and instruction approved by the Lord. That really doesn’t give us a lot of insight into how to raise kids though, does it?
Through the years I think that I have discovered that raising kids has a lot to do with example. They learn far more from what they see is important in your life through your actions than just what you tell them is important.
If we begin to understand the power of example we begin to get some understanding of what Paul encourages us to do in Phil. 2:5-8 when he says, “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death-even death on a cross!”
That’s really what I’m getting at I guess, “What is your attitude towards life?” Because whatever you attitude is will be shown in your example of life to others. Our desire should be to follow the example of Christ and be an example of Him to those around us!
So, stop and think about your influence! What is really important to you? Because there is a good chance that the same thing will be important to your children (or others of which you may not even know). May God give us the ability to be what He wants us to be, faithful servants! God bless you all and have a great week!