Last week I read this on my desk calendar:

Children have never been good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them – James Baldwin.

It made me think about how important it is to model our Christian values to our children rather than just tell them. I spent some time last weekend with my daughter and asked how she knew she was “supposed to marry a nice Christian boy”? Since I can’t ever remember saying that to her. (Though of course, it was my heart’s desire.) She said, “I don’t know how I knew. I just knew.” Her husband said the same thing. His parents had never specifically told him to “marry a nice Christian girl” but he knew they would be upset if he brought home a girl who wasn’t a Christian.

The old adage “Christianity is more caught than taught” is very true. Children will pick up our values often without us saying a word which is both a blessing and a great challenge.