4. Your Kids Will Watch How You Treat Others
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My friend Michelle and I chatted at her kitchen table. And before she took another sip of her coffee, her phone rang for the third time. She sighed, “Another scam caller.”
She huffed and with no hesitation, blurted out offensive comments to the caller.
I confess. I used to also ride the train of selfishness. I found myself a tad rude to callers who dare to interrupt my day.
I stopped when God’s Word spoke to my selfish notion:
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:3-4
Those “others” are our children. They witness how we treat strangers, neighbors, store clerks and even other family members. They observe how we allow others to toss our inner peace in the trash compactor of life.
Oh goodness, as we try to teach our kids, does our behavior speak louder than our words?
Most would say yes. But who can blame us? We’re living in a chaotic world, looking for our own direction, uncertain of the destination and facing unexpected hardship.
But we’re not alone. The Israelites did the same. Fear and stress accompanied them during each step through the not-so-pleasant desert journey to the promised land.
And in our own journey as parents, we also have to endure the heat of pressure. We’re chased by our own Egyptians of anxiety. And should we complain, Moses would have the same answer:
"Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still." Exodus 14:13-14
The Lord will fight for us? Yes, He will. And while trudging through the desert of parenting, all we need to do is be still. For when we’re quiet, calm and still in God’s presence, we receive His power, restore our soul and recognize the victory we have in Him.
Yup. That’s why we can’t afford to miss beautiful opportunities to teach our kids how to love the unlovable (Luke 6:32). To show them the value of kindness (1 Corinthians 13:4). And to model how we retain our peace (Philippians 4:6).
And, each day as He ushers us toward the promised land of parenting success, kids watch how we follow His lead. They observe how our fear turns to faith. Our worry to trust. Our attitude to gratitude. They imitate our reactions. And they learn how we turn our challenges to channels that display God’s truth.
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