August 27 - Teach by Example

By Lillian Sparks

Today's Scripture: Proverbs 22:6

Central Thought: Give your children a heart for God.

    Brent was about two years old when he got his first 'preacher suit” for church. The outfit consisted of a double-breasted, Miami-vice, pinstriped jacket, black pants, crisp white shirt, bow tie, and Buster Brown dress shoes. He was outrageously proud of his new duds. On Saturday evening I tucked him into bed and opened his closet door to make a last minute readiness check on his outfit. To my horror—the clothes had vanished! Brent quickly reassured me that he knew exactly where the missing items were.

    Perplexed but patient, I followed my energetic toddler down the hall and into our bedroom. He proceeded to open his dad's closet and point to his suit jacket hanging neatly next to the row of his father's suits. His pants were also beside the much larger ones…and so on. Without hesitation, he placed his hands on his hips and announced, 'And when I grow up, I am going to be just like my daddy!”

    Researchers tell us that by the time a child is two years of age, the child has acquired eighty percent of all he or she will ever learn. No wonder Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, admonished parents and educators to train or teach their children in the ways of the Lord. Moses instructed parents: 'You shall diligently teach them to your children” (Deut. 6:7), when you sit in your house, lie in your bed, and walk by the way. In other words, in every activity of life we portray truth and wisdom. Giving godly discipline to our children while they are young will reap huge dividends when they mature.

    Teach Your children right from wrong, and when they are grown they will still do right.

Devotional Prayer: Lord, help us to lead by example so that our children can follow in our footsteps. May we give our children hearts for God, so that they will grow to love and serve You all the days of their lives.

Today's Bible Reading: Job 23:1-27:23; 2 Corinthians 1:12-2:11; Psalms 41:1-13; Proverbs 22:5-6