Children have the natural tendency to imitate their parents. They naturally do what their parent does, think like they think and act like they act. No wonder a child can pick up a value or behavior from his/her parent either good or bad.
Here’s a poem titled “His Example” written by Edgar Albert Guest that encapsulates the image of a child watching and imitating carefully what a parent shows or offers:
There are little eyes upon you,
And they’re watching night and day
There are little ears that listen
To every word you say.
There are little hands all eager
To do the things you do;
And a little boy who’s dreaming
Of the day he’ll be like you.
You’re the little fellow’s idol,
You’re the wisest of the wise;
In his little mind, about you
No suspicions ever rise.
He believes in you devoutly,
Holds that all you say and do
He will say and do in your way
When he’s grown up just like you.
There’s a wide-eyed little fellow
Who believes you’re always right;
And his ears are always open
As he watches day and night.
You are setting an example
Every day in all you do,
For the little boy who’s waiting
To grow up to be like you.
A Personal Project:
“Start (Train) children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” – Proverbs 22:6
It is reported that Abraham Lincoln, who was known for his faith, said that for a man to train up a child in the way he/she should go, he must walk that way himself.
What parental example can you give or offer to your child that can bring a compelling incentive for him/her to choose a Christian way of life?