“In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity…” Titus 2:7 NIV
The weather has been so nice this January in Arkansas, I pulled out a spring dress to wear today. Purple with cap sleeves and an A-line skirt paired with my Adidas tennis shoes. An unlikely duet, but it works for a stay-at-home mom. I found the combination amusing, though, when my daughter wearing her Sunday dress managed to make it into worship with her Converse a few weeks ago. What’s the saying? “The apple doesn’t fall from the tree.”
It isn’t just clothing habits that my kids have picked up from me. My slip of the tongue with harsh words, leaving my stuff lying around the house , or my need to stay in bed until the very last second, have been embedded into each of their own habits, too. Thankfully, so have some of my better traits, like saying, “I love you”, praying when sirens go by for the people who need help and those going to help, plus, making time for family have rubbed off on them, as well.
I adore my children, but someday they will leave my home to live and hopefully contribute to the world. How can I model or teach character traits that will help them to become world changers ? Recently, my husband hit on a fun idea as he encouraged my son to read, John Elderidge’s, Wild at Heart with him. A chapter a week, with a discussion time on Thursday mornings for breakfast.
One Thursday evening, I overheard them returning to their morning conversation. Although, I won’t share with you what I heard, I was touched as mom. So touched, in fact, I wanted in on the action. Now, I wouldn’t interfere with my sweetheart’s success at having a bonding and teaching moment with our son; but, I would try to create one with our daughter. Getting online I picked out a couple of books to look through giving a copy of one to my daughter. Tomorrow, will be our first mother/daughter book club breakfast. I can’t wait! As it turns out, she told me she was hoping we’d work something out together, too.
No, “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” I’m just thankful for the opportunity to work on the traits my children could potentially make their own.