Be a Contagious Influence

Now that we have raised our three kids to adulthood, I marvel at the super-human efforts of my own parents.  Growing up, I figured that my parents were responsible to take care of me, so they probably knew what they were doing. When I became a parent myself I realized that parenting is mainly a “learn as you go” experience; an education gained on our knees, under-fire, and quite often, just in the nick of time.

783474_20039271It is not unusual for a parent to take a militant stand concerning a child-rearing matter, when at the same time he or she shudders at the thought that the decision could be wrong. Fortunately, we are not expected to know all the answers.  We are, however, responsible to put great faith and effort into doing our best, and living an authentic life before our kids.

Author Clarence Budinton Kelland said, “My father didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.”  So, if your decisions are caring and deliberate, and your witness is consistent, your believability will be a contagious influence on your children.

God is a present help in the time of our need.  Pray and trust in His established and eternal principles to give you the wisdom you require. As parents it is our challenge to live the life, keep the faith, and to remain hopeful and positive while our offspring navigate through time.

As babies, they won’t know what you’re doing.  As pre-teens; they won’t want to know what you’re doing.  As teens; they won’t care what you’re doing, but as adults they will marvel at what you’ve done!

Proverbs 22:6 NIV Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.

Matthew 5:16 NIV In the same way let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

Orig Posted by Donna M Dougherty at 1/19/2009 10:34 AM

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