Things have been fairly hectic for me lately. When I’m busy the first thing I stop doing is reading. The next thing I do is stop writing, which makes me wonder if I ever have original thoughts or just thoughts that are regurgitated?
Anyway 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 “suppose to marry a nice Christian boy”? Since I couldn’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 very great challenge.