monkey see, monkey do

27 Jul

There is a phrase that says… monkey see, monkey do… and it is so true in the parent/child relationship.

As parents, we need to recognize and ask ourselves, “What lifestyle are we modeling for our children?” Without even knowing it, our kids will default to living in the same patterns that we model for them.

The Apostle Paul talks about how our lives are living epistles read by all men (2 Corinthians 3:2). That basically means that our lives are an open book that all men (including our children) watch to see how to live for God. We are the most influential people in our children’s lives. What lifestyles, behaviors, and attitudes are we modeling for them?

Are we creating Godly and life-bringing habits and patterns within our household?

Is God at the center of everything that we do…. from our morning routine, to how to treat each other, to the things we spend our time and money on…

How would the atmosphere of our home be described? tense or peaceful? faith-filled or full of worry? worshipful or self-focused? loving or conflict-filled? joyful or depressing?

Today, let’s not take the responsibility of parenting lightly and do a little self-evaluation on what we are modeling to our children.

Lord, help me to be the best possible example to my children as possible. I want to help my children form Godly and life-giving habits and patterns in their life, because of what they see in my life. I need your strength to do it! I receive your wisdom and strength now. I love you Lord, Amen.

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