As a child, have you ever played “Follow the Leader”. It’s a simple game where you line up behind “the leader” and you follow him/her around and mimic what he/she does. If you fail to do so, you are out of the game. The very last person remaining becomes the leader. This game might be very simple, but it has a good lesson. Good leaders don’t just give orders. They become an example to those they are leading. This concept can be carried into many aspects of life, but one especially is parenting. Our children mimic what they see us do and what they hear us say. Our every move is being observed. And by our every action and word we are teaching our children something, good or bad. And, as in the game, our children will grow up and become the leaders. Will they be passing on the good or the bad that they have learned? And if it is not your children, watching you, someone else is. Let’s make sure what we are passing on will produce something good in someone else.
16 In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father. Matthew 5:16 (NLT)
12 Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity. 1 Timothy 4:12 (NLT)
33 Don’t be fooled by those who say such things, for “bad company corrupts good character.” 1 Corinthians 15:33 (NLT)
6 Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it. Proverbs 22:6 (NLT)