Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Did I Shave My Legs For THIS?!

  
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. 
~ Deuteronomy 11:19 NLT ~
Everyone warns you: Be careful what you say and do in front of your kids; they are like sponges!

The other morning I was getting ready for the day and let my three year old take a shower.  He likes to think he is a big boy and I guess showers do the trick so I don't argue.  As I went about my morning of face, teeth and hair, all of a sudden I realized it was eerily quiet.  I squinted into the mirror to see behind me into the shower and realized he was using his plastic toy razor to shave his legs.
In that moment, as I stifled many giggles, I felt my heart grow three sizes just like the Grinch.  My son is imitating me - doing what he thinks is right because it's what he has seen me do.  I don't know if I have ever felt more loved by a child than in that moment. 

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.

2 comments:

  1. Oh, Emily! What a wonderful article to start the day off with! I had to smile when reading your opening paragraph! What a mental picture! My son is 8 years old, chronologically, but cognitively is 3 and we are in the imitating stage right now, so this really hit home. I think we tend to forget in the busyness of our day, the little eyes that watch us.

    This reminds me of the song by Phillips, Craig and Dean "I Want To Be Just Like You". The chorus goes... "Lord, I want to be just like You 'Cause he wants to be just like me. Want to be a holy example for his innocent eyes to see. Help me be a living Bible Lord, that my little boy can read. I want to be just like You cause he wants to be like me."

    Thank you for sharing your gift with us this morning!

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    1. Nicky, i got goosebumps reading those song lyrics! Thank you for sharing that with me - I'm going to be thinking of (& praying for) you and your son every time I hear it playing now!

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