Inspirational Thought

"The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing." Zephaniah 7:13 NIV

Thursday, January 8, 2009

The Right Kind of Example

I read this devotion, this morning, and it applies so well to this month's theme I thought I had to post it. It's from the book, Hugs: Daily Inspiration for Moms published by Howard Publishing, the reading for January 8. What really struck me was not only the Scripture passage, but also the quote at the end.

Be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity. 1 Timothy 4:12 NKJV
It would be easy to teach our kids everything they need to know about life if we could teach them with words alone. But we can't. Our kids hear some of the things we say, but they watch everything we do.

As parents, we are unforgettable role models for our children and our grandchildren. As they observe our lives and the choices we have made, they'll see what rewards come to those who worship God and obey His commandments.

Is your faith demonstrated in the example you set for your children? If so, you will be blessed--and so will they. So today, as you fulfill your many responsibilities, remember that your family is watching...and so, for that matter, is God.

The mother is and must be, whether she knows it or not, the greatest, strongest, and most lasting teacher her children will have. (Hannah Whitall Smith)

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