My strict Dad expected us to obey the house rules. One day, my sibling asked why we couldn’t do a certain thing, and pointed out that Dad did it. Dad’s answer: “Do what I say, don’t do what I do.”
That didn’t sound right to me even though I was a child. Many years later I read this quote:
“Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.” – Robert Fulghum
Ron and I thought about our bad habits and we were ashamed. We took a good look at the places we went, and some of the people we called friends. We cleaned up our lives.
Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him. (Psalm 127:3, NLT)
Who is watching you? What lessons are they learning? What kind of citizens are you raising?
Prayer – Lord, forgive us. We worry so about our stuff, when our most important ‘stuff’ is the children you give us. Amen