“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”

Psalm 5:3

Be What You Want Your Children to Be 

(Please read Ephesians 6:1-4)

September 22

It’s hard to overemphasize the power of example in bringing up children. If you want your children to shun bad language, never use it yourself, and be kind but firm in explaining why some of the words they bring home from school simply are not acceptable in your family.

If you want your children to grow up as Bible readers, be a diligent Bible reader. If you want your children to be regular in church attendance, be constant in attending services with them now – and don’t let every little breeze of fatigue or homework or, heaven forbid, competing TV programs or sports activities blow away your resolve to be there when the saints meet to worship.

If you want your children to look at the church in a positive way, be positive about the church. Don’t whine about how far it is or how much trouble it is to get to services. Don’t act like a martyr just because you tore yourself away from the house for a couple of hours on Wednesday evening and you have to get up and go to work Thursday morning. And don’t ever, ever get into the habit of criticizing the sermon or other aspects of the service all the way home.

Of course there’s much more to rearing children than this. For example, we need to read together and talk about what the Lord wants us to do. But that by itself is of no avail unless we follow through as living examples. May the Lord help us in this greatest purpose of our lives, the salvation of our own dear children.

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