My devotional reading over the last 2 weeks has me reading through 1st & 2nd Kings. This has made for some sober reading as, once again, I have been reminded of the importance of our examples (as parents) in our children’s lives. I’ve been struck by the recurring phrase “…he walked in the ways of his father” realizing that this epitaph could be (and indeed might be) penned over almost any one of our children’s lives.
Children are not always great listeners, but they do tend to be great imitators – following our “footsteps” more quickly than they follow our instruction, counsel or advisement. With that being the case, I would like to ask every parent reading this a pointed question: “If your child walks in your ways, will you be happy… or horrified?” Something to prayerfully and honestly consider, indeed!
May we be determined to live confident enough in our own walk and relationship with the Lord, that we might say to our children (echoing the words of the Apostle Paul) “Put into practice the things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me – and model your way of living after it, and the God of peace [of untroubled, undisturbed well-being] will be with you.” (Philippians 4:9, amplified)