In practicing the art of parenthood, an ounce of example is worth a ton of preachment.
A father took his sons to an amusement park. As they stepped up to the ticket window, he asked, “How much?” The young woman in the both replied, “$5 for you and all kids 12 and older. Children 11 and younger are $3.” So the father said, “Well, the budding lawyer here is 7 and the future doctor is 12; so, I guess I owe you $13.”
As the young woman handed him change for a $20 bill, she looked at the 12 year old and at his father and said, “You know you could have told me he was 11 and I would never have known the difference. You could have saved yourself a little money.”
But the father replied, “That may be true, but my sons would have known the difference.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Who you are speaks so loudly, I can’t hear what you are saying.”
That is especially true as children watch and learn from their parents. Children are the best mimics in the world. They copy and repeat what they see around them and most of what they see is behavior exhibited by Mom and Dad. 1
“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.” Ephesians 5:1
Prayer For Today: We know Father that our children see our reaction to life and behavior everyday, and we know that you created them to imitate their parents. It’s with our example that they begin their walk with You. Help it to be a pleasant walk, a close walk, so that they may learn that You are with them and guiding them. Help them to understand that by imitating You, they will know Your blessings all the rest of their days. Amen
1 God’s Little Devotional Book for couples.