Our Children Become What They Behold

I had the opportunity to share another article at For the Family this morning. Now to the hard part of walking my talk…

I don’t realize how my words sound until I hear them repeated back to me by my son. He mimics flawlessly not only my words but the attitude in which they are said. It’s like watching myself in a mirror through the eyes of a four-year-old. This proves quite a wake-up call to the way I speak and behave. I cannot rightly correct words and attitudes in him that I know he first sees characterized in me; it’s like yelling at your child to stop yelling.

All Eyes on You

I often hear the saying “we become what we behold.” I see how true this is as I watch my children watch me and respond in kind. Do I want my children to be patient and kind? Then I must be patient and kind first. Do I want my kids to share toys? Then I must model a willingness to share my own time and resources.

Truly, our children become what they behold and they behold little else more than their parents

You Can’t Save Your Kids — But…

It’s true that our children are individual creations with a free will. Even the best parenting doesn’t guarantee children who know and love the Lord and even the worst parenting doesn’t doom children to not knowing and loving the Lord.

But we learn from our parents and the attitudes and affections we behold in them inform our hearts about what is worth loving and living for.

Read the rest of the article at FortheFamily.org by clicking here

2 thoughts on “Our Children Become What They Behold

    • Yes! I’ve caught myself many times getting after my kids in an unkind way for being unkind 🙄 Raising children is constant accountability but I have to admit I’ve never grown more than I have since becoming a mom.

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