Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. – Proverbs 22:6
Influences: “Do as I say, and as I do”
The saying goes: ‘Do as I say, not as I do.’ When raising a child, you are their primary influence. You can ‘talk the talk, but do you walk the walk?’
When a parent is full of talk about the bible, what being a Christian is, why we should pray and how important God is in our lives, that is obviously great. A child can learn a great deal from these morals.
But would it be better if they actually experienced their parent putting into practice their own faith?
As those children become parents, will they do the same thing? They may spout on about faith to their kids if that is what they experienced as a child, or they may practice good Christian lives for their kids to imitate.
What I am trying to say is, when it comes to faith, you need to be doing as well as talking. Only then will those children understand what Christianity is really about.
Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them. – Deuteronomy 4:9
This is part of my 40 day Lent series – will you join me for some more tomorrow?