It’s Saturday night, and time for the next installment of RaisingGenNext by Elihu. Blessings and enjoy!
(This article is part of the series “Building GenNext.” You can read the previous post by clicking here.)
Children are keen observers and imitators. Compliant children will try to do what their parents do in order to make them happy. Strong-willed kids amy try to be little rebels, but even they have a tendency to imitate their parents to some degree. They are always watching how we handle our circumstances.
What we do has a greater influence than what we say.
The second ‘E’ of Raising GenNext Christians is Exemplify: Demonstrating how a Christian ought to live. Once you have formed a relationship with someone—be it your children or other Christians—they will begin to observe your habits, temperament, and lifestyle choices. If they respect you, then your example will be highly influential on that person’s life. As I said in the previous post: A poor example can destroy the gullible soul.
The title of this article asks the question: Do you want your children to follow in your footsteps? In other words, is your example one worth following? If it is, then what are you doing to ensure that your children emulate it? If it isn’t, what should you do to fix it?
We know from the scriptures (and from experience) that the righteousness of parents does not guarantee righteousness in the children. On the flip-side, evil parents have also put out righteous children. Our example is not the only determining factor in the choice of a child to follow God or not. They possess the free will to make that decision. That being said, we still ought to strive to set a solid example and do all we can to persuade our children of the value of a Christ-centered life.
How do we set a worthy example for our children, whether we are teachers, family members, parents, or mentors?
#1: Guard your heart.
“Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.”
~ Proverbs 4.23, NKJV
Your example begins here. If your heart is tossed about by the world rather than rooted in Christ, then your actions will be equally unstable. Put on the armor of God and make every effort to keep your eyes fixed on Jesus…..read the rest of the post here: Do you want your children to follow in your footsteps?