By Clancy P. Hayes
Today's Scripture: Proverbs 20:7
Central Thought: You hold the key to God's blessing.
I was talking to a young father recently who said that now that he has a child, he could see how silly he must look to others. His 20-month-old daughter's attempts to mimic him put his own actions on display for him to examine. Her feeble attempts to act like dad can be quite sobering at times.
If you have children, you know that the words you say, the way you react to problems, and the habits you engage in shape the behavior of your children. All good parents want the best for their children. The writer of Proverbs gives you the secret to setting an example that will result in a blessing: 'The righteous man leads a blameless life; blessed are his children after him” (Proverbs 20:7, NIV).
Living a righteous life sounds pretty tough, but it really isn't if you take it one decision at a time. Each time that you face a decision, ask God to help you make the right choice. When you do, you will refrain from abusive language or actions. You will turn off television programs and movies that potentially compromise your values. You will create an environment that will be healthy for your children and for yourself. Your home will be a place of peace and a place where your children will truly understand the love of God. What greater blessing could a child receive?
Devotional Prayer: God, please help me to be sensitive to the nudges of Your Spirit as He helps me to make righteous decisions.
Today's Bible Reading: 2 Chronicles 21:1–23:21; Romans 11:13–36; Psalm 22:1–18; Proverbs 20:7