We have a landline. Remember those? We have one, because we use it for faxing. And when Carrie and I go out, we have a way for the children to contact us in case of emergency (which is often used only to call us and complain about what another sibling is or isn’t doing!).
That phone rings five times a day, but we don’t answer it. So who is calling? Telemarketers. We don’t even know the phone number (it’s in our cell). We haven’t given the phone number to anyone. Literally, we never answer the phone.
Guess what happens when Carrie and I go out on a date and we want to call home to tell them something? We get what we have modeled. They also ignore the ringing.
I am discovering more and more just how much our children “catch” the stuff we do and don’t do.
“Don’t say that!” Mom exclaims with deep sounding disapproval. “Where did you hear that?”
They respond, “Dad.”
Our children will also ignore the things we don’t make a priority. What “ringing” do you ignore? Serving others, loving your neighbors, family prayer and devotions?
Do your children see you read your Bible? Do they see you depend upon God, really trust in Him?
We must be the model; let our children see us practice these things that bring us closer to God. We disciple our children in so many areas: studying, fixing things, even brushing teeth…but are we discipling them; modeling for them how to follow God?
I have to pray, “God, help me to be a great example to my children. Help me to model a dependence upon You, on prayer, on Your Word; knowing that it is vital to their dependence upon You. Help me not to ignore the most important things that will help them depend upon You.”