Why Kids Need to See their Parents Serve

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by Mr. Tim Gerber, TBC Executive Children's Pastor

As it relates to the home, I think perhaps one of the adages that most proves itself prophetic over time is the following ... “Children become like their parents”. As a matter of fact, as the years pass by and I see old faces from the past who I haven’t seen for a long time, that is often a point of emphasis for them ... “You are looking more and more like your dad!” or “Wow, you remind me so much of your father!” Although this truth is not likely going to excite our children while they are young enough to still live at home, it is unlikely a truth that they will be able to avoid. They are, in fact, becoming just like their parents. Our children will certainly take into their parenting season of life things they have heard us say and points that they have heard us make. But I honestly don’t think that will include the most engrained lessons of all. I think those come from how they will have seen us live, what they will have seen us do and how they will have seen us react. This unassuming modeling obviously includes how they will have seen us serve. That’s right! Parents who spend a life of serving God and others are most likely to leave behind a “legacy wake” which is not only the right kind of example, but also one that is easy to follow and emulate. May God give us the courage to serve Him and others in such a clear way throughout our lives, so that those who come behind us find us faithful. I'd Rather See A Sermon By Edgar A. Guest I'd rather see a sermon than hear one any day; I'd rather one should walk with me than merely tell the way. The eye's a better pupil and more willing than the ear, Fine counsel is confusing, but example's always clear; And the best of all preachers are the men who live their creeds, For to see good put in action is what everybody needs. I soon can learn to do it if you'll let me see it done; I can watch your hands in action, but your tongue too fast may run. And the lecture you deliver may be very wise and true, But I'd rather get my lessons by observing what you do; For I might misunderstand you and the high advice you give, But there's no misunderstanding how you act and how you live.