Posted 05-19-2004 at 14:04:03
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LIKE THE FATHER
Have you ever thought about the influence you have upon your children? No, I
mean REALLY thought 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.
I received a great story this week that illustrates that point. Listen with your
heart as you read it, as a preacher shares this following story. "At the first
church where I ministered, I also had the job of mixing feed to supplement my
income. For a period of about two weeks, each day that I came home from work, my
two boys, ages 2 and 3 would look at me, smile, and would say, "Boy, dad, you
sure are dusty!" I would reply, "Yes, I sure am dusty." Then I would get cleaned
I didn't think too much of this until I was washing my car and saw my oldest son
doing something very strange. He was picking up the gravel and stones that were
in our drive and rubbing them into his pants. I asked him, "Want are you doing?"
He replied, "I want to be dusty like you dad!"
If we begin to understand the power of example we begin to get some
understanding of what Paul encourages us to do in Philippians 2:5-8 when he
says, "Let your attitude to life be that of Christ Jesus himself. For he, who
had always been God by nature, did not cling to his privileges as God's equal,
but stripped himself of every advantage by consenting to be a slave by nature
and being born a man. And, plainly seen as a human being, he humbled himself by
living" "a life of utter obedience, to the point of death, and the death he died
was the death of a common criminal" (Phillips translation). I really like this
translation simply because it uses the phrase, "Let your attitude to life be
that of Christ."
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. Your example should be just like the little boy who wanted to follow the
example of his father's life. Our desire should be to follow the example of our
Father's life and be an example of that 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!