And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord. Ephesians 6:4
In one family, the dad spends all his time landscaping the yard. In another, the mom lives on the phone. In another, parents read Bible stories and pray with their children every night. And in yet another family, the parents talk about how much they love their church family and friends. It reminds us of the saying, “Careful what you do, ‘cause little eyes are watching you.’”
It’s not hard to notice what peoples’ priorities are. It matters less what we say and more what we do. Saying is important at the right times, but we need to spend more time doing in the home than talking; our actions speak louder than our words. If someone interviewed our children and asked them, “What’s the most important thing to your dad and mom?”—their answers might be revealing. When we manifest the fruit of the Spirit in our home (Galatians 5:22-23) on a consistent basis, and lead our family in the things of the Lord…our children will notice.
As we imitate Christ and our children imitate us, they will have godly models to follow.
Fathers have one of the greatest privileges—to imprint young lives, who will carry on into future generations. Dennis Rainey
Parents, Do Not Provoke Your Children (Ephesians 6:4)