Lead by Example
1 Corinthians 11:1
Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.
Moms are always asking what is the best way to teach children to follow after God’s heart. Is there a certain Bible study you can take your child through? Is there a devotional book that is effective? Should children be reading through the Bible once a year?
I believe that the best way to teach children, or anyone for that matter, is to lead by example. If you want your children to love well, then you need to love well. If you want your child to have a generous heart and be compassionate toward others, then you need to be serving others and loving them even during the rough times. If you want your child to be honest, then you need to be practicing honesty in every aspect of your life. If you want your child to be walking with the Lord on a daily basis, then you need to be walking with the Lord and learning from him each day.
I shouldn’t be asking my children to do anything that I am not already doing myself. God needs to be a priority in my life if I want him to be a priority in my child’s life.
Don’t make the mistake of believing that your children are not paying attention; they are. Children are always watching you. They are noticing how you treat others in the grocery store, the mall, or in traffic. They are taking notes whether you see it or not. Is your life worth taking notes on? Tough question, but one that needs to be asked on a regular basis.
Father, Is my life worth following? Can my children “see” You in my everyday life or do I only show You on Sundays at church? God, I want my life to be a reflection of You. Search my heart and bring to the surface the areas that I need to confess, make right, or even purge in my life. After I have cleaned my heart, I pray that I will start choosing to walk after You in every aspect of my life. I want to live a life that is a great example to my children, and a life that brings glory to You.