“LIVE!” He says. “LIVE!” Heeding good counsel, seeking wisdom and understanding afford you the opportunity to live life to the fullest. That’s what I want for myself and my family. I wasn’t a bad kid, but I certainly chose to take Temptation Turnpike to Devious Dr. a time or two. I am praying the principles of Proverbs 4 over my children. Many nights Jon and I sit up talking about how we want to impart wisdom on our kids. We think it is important to share our mistakes and triumphs, but we want to do it in a way that 1) honors God, and 2) helps them see the lesson, not just the loose behavior. We want them to understand that they don’t have to consort with wicked people. They don’t have to take the road most frequently traveled. We want them to see that true living is living in Christ. Children imitate what they see because our actions speak louder than our words.
It says in Proverbs 4: 18 “The ways of right-living people glow with light; the longer they live, the brighter they shine.” Am I shining? I want to shine for Christ. I want to shine so my children see Christ’s love reflected all over me. I want them to know my story so they understand that our God saves, sanctifies, and satisfies. I want them to see that even though Mommy wasn’t always guarding her heart, God always was. When I decided to get serious about guarding my heart, that is when my life began. But I want them to know that I could have been living a full and satisfied life much sooner if I had sought after wisdom and understanding, if I had listened.
I would love to hear about ways that you have worked to instill the love of Christ in your children. How have you shared your journey with them in an effort to steer them away from unnecessary heartache and trouble?