Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children. Ephesians 5:1
A few months ago when my grandson had just celebrated his first birthday, I had the privilege of watching him. Toys were scattered all over my family room floor making it obvious that Ben was in the house. Noticing the television remote on the floor and within reach, he a made a beeline for it. Grabbing it with his hands, he put it up to his ear and said, “Hello” as if he were truly talking to someone. He sounded like his mom and dad when they answer their cell phones. Experts believe that babies begin to absorb values at a very early age. Not only did Ben sound and act just like his parents, but his dad and uncle can also sound exactly like myself or my husband when they are talking. Their mannerisms, tones, and word choice can sometimes mimic their parents. Yikes! When this happens, it is not always cute like Ben’s “Hello!” What pressure to choose my words, tones, and actions carefully! Children and young adults are constantly watching and emulating us. They are led by example, and we are leading by our choices. This modeling and mentoring doesn’t stop when they move out. They continue absorb our words and actions. Parents, Grandparents, and Aunts and Uncles: Your daily decisions affect future generations. May what we do and say reflect Christ.
Father, help us choose our words and actions carefully today and every day. Amen.