Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. – Proverbs 22:6 (NIV)
If you have children of your own this post is for you. If you don’t have children of your own, this post is still for you, especially if you come in contact with children throughout your daily walk of faith.
Children are important, very important. And they are, in most cases a mirror of their parents and/or surroundings. So as parents and concerned adults, we have to be an example and give children and young adults a pattern to follow.
I remember when I was a child, my parents gave me an example to either follow or not to follow. On a scale of 1-10, I would fall somewhere around 8 on the follow scale.
One thing I thought of today is how we handle stressful stituations around children. Do we cuss? Do we handle stress with uncontrolled anger? Do we show the unwillingness to handle stressful situations by retreating and not handle it?
Do our children see/hear us praying, calling on the Lord for help? Do they hear us speak positive things about all situations? Do they see us reading our bibles? Do they watch us apply what we’ve read?
I hope this has caused you to think. Children are receptacles of what we do and say. They pick up on everything and it seems they retain more negative influence than positive. They are smarter than we think.