Do as I Say … AND as I Do

Deuteronomy 4:9 Only take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your children’s children

In a previous post I dealt with taking care to keep our soul diligently. Just as crucial is making the important life-lessons we’ve picked up over the years known to our children and their children.

With that in mind, I must confess that typing with one finger pointed out and three pointed back at my self is not easy. Neither is falling on my face before God in heart-broken repentance for my past failures. But on with my moralizing.

In today’s media-rich climate, teaching any moral lessons to our children and grand children is akin to Mission Impossible. If you are doing your best to walk in God’s Spirit you have essential lessons to impart to them, The first barrier to succeeding in this mission is the liberties we practice in our own lives. Example isn’t the best teacher; it’s the ONLY teacher, for anything we try to teach them will only backfire if our example isn’t consistent with our lessons. Remember, such inconsistency is dangerously akin to hypocrisy, and once established, it’s well-nigh impossible to correct.

One of the hardest truths to live by is this: If we truly love our children we will live the way we hope they will live, especially when we are alone and feel less accountable to them. That means both doing, and NOT doing, according to our instructions. That is the only way God’s love and truths will become real to them.

You know the old adage. It should say, “Do as I say AND as I do.”

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