I will never forget that moment. Never has my son questioned why I shave my legs; he didn't even ask me if he should shave his. He did it because he loves me and wants to be like me. He "shaves" his face also, in the same way his Daddy does. These are the kinds of things our kids learn simply by watching us go through the motions of life.
But what am I being intentional with them about?
In Deuteronomy 11:18+19, God calls us to boldly imitate Jesus in the way we raise our kids:
"So commit yourselves completely to these words of mine. Tie them to your hands as a reminder, and wear them on your forehead. Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are away on a journey, when you are lying down and when you are getting up again." (NLT)Am I tying the promises of God to my hands as I physically guide my 9 year old son's handwriting exercises? Is his love apparent on my forehead as I talk with all of them about the consequences of their choices? When we are at home, do I use scriptures for building up and sharpening, rather than condemning? When we go away on a trip, do our prayer times stay at home or come along with us? When I am putting them to bed for the umpteenth time, do I do it with truth AND mercy? When they have already had 5 meltdowns before my coffee has kicked in, am I responding as if Jesus has got everything under control?
I want to do things, all things, in a way I would be proud to see my sons imitate, and the best way I can think to do that is by imitating my own Heavenly Father as much as possible.
PRAY: Dear Lord, you are my Father and I want to be like you. Forgive me for all the time I spend asking "why?" instead of just trusting you and following your example. Give me wisdom to know how to imitate you in every moment with my children so that they may also imitate you. Amen.
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