Food for thought….Setting the Example

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 I thank God, whom I serve with a pure conscience, as my forefathers did, as without ceasing I remember you in my prayers night and day. 1 Timothy 1:3

Paul had great examples set before him in Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. They paved the way of what a believer should be.  Ladies, you and I have that same opportunity set before us.  We have the opportunity to set the example for our children.  If our little ones do not know Christ yet, you are the representation of who He is.  You are the representation of how a believer should act, talk, respond, pray, and seek God.  Our children grow to be exactly who we are.  The same weaknesses I see in myself, I also see in my children. The same facial expressions, eye rolls, huffs and puffs.  

When I was a rebellious teen, I had a picture of my dad.  I thought he was so cool.  He was sitting on the beach in Florida with this long hair, long beard, smoking his cigarettes, carefree.  And I thought that was too cool! So when I was a teenager, I would park my car my my friend’s house and we would take off for the weekend to Virginia Beach, Myrtle Beach, wherever we pleased.  All while our parents were believing a web of deceptive lies that we were having a slumber party back in New York.  But, as expected, our lies caught up with us.  We were in BIG trouble. So I took that picture of my dad, I brought it to Walmart and blew it up to a nice 8X10 and wrote at the top in big letters…. “following in your footsteps dad.” Not because I was trying to disrespectful, but because I really thought he was cool, and I wanted him to see that I was cool too.  I thought he would laugh, maybe put him in a better mood as I patiently awaited my punishment.  When he saw the picture, his response was not what I was expecting. Instead of laughing, I remember him saying to me “Marissa, if you followed in my footsteps, that is not something that I would be proud of.”  

Now take your life as a christian, if your children follow exactly in your footsteps as a believer, is that something that you would be proud of? If your daughter grows up the be the same type of wife that you are, would you be happy about that? If your son grows up to be the same type of parent that you are, would you be happy about that? 

Ladies, set the bar high for your children, be an example that they can appreciate and respect. Did Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob fail? Of course they did, we have entire chapters in the Bible that speak of their failures. But, they were still an example of being Christ-like and living out their faith.  

I pray that God would make us godly parents, that we would raise our children in the “nurture and admonition of the Lord.” You may feel like a failure, as I am sure many believers do, and many saints before us did also.  God loves our little ones more than we ever could, and He has entrusted them to us.  I pray that we would walk in a way that is pleasing to God, and that our children would desire to follow in our footsteps and love God even more than we do. 

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