2/16/12

Lesson #3

Lesson #3 - Children will learn more from what you do than what you say.

I have learned this the hard way.
I was taught as a young teen - "Those little kids are watching you! Better be good!"
Instead of taking the lesson to heart, I became instead a perfectionist that let nobody see anything bad about me.
When I had children, unfortunately I couldn't keep up the charade.  They are with you all the time. So, they see the good and all the bad.

Instead of trying to discourage you, I really am trying to encourage.

My point:
If children learn from watching and observing - then I can teach them things that I do want them to learn as well, by living it out.

Some things in my life will be easy to live out as they grow up.
My faith.
My love for my family.

Somethings in my life I need to work on, so they will see a good example.
My patience.
My kindness.

The bottom line is this:
If I want my children to be children of faith, love, mercy, kindness, and patience - I need to be all of those things. Of course I am not perfect (nor will I ever be). But I can strive, with the help of God and Jesus Christ. I do have the Holy Spirit living inside me, changing me to be more like Christ. As I change and grow, I pray my children see Christ and want that for their life.