Ephesians 5:1 — Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are His dear children (NLT).
As parents, it’s important for Heidi and me to be acutely aware of every move we make and every word we speak. Why? Our boys are paying careful attention to every detail of our lives. Their personalities, character, and beliefs are being shaped, and they are taking their cues from us.
It’s our responsibility to show our children how to live godly lives. I welcome this responsibility because I want our children to learn from Heidi and me. I know there will be other people who positively (and negatively) influence our kids, but we are the ones who primarily shape their lives. It’s a great undertaking, but I don’t want someone else to raise our boys.
I also understand our children, especially as they get older, will make their own decisions as to whether or not they follow the example Heidi and I set for them. I had to make the same decision as I was growing up. My parents were God-fearing people, and they taught me to work hard and value others. They set a great example for my sister and me, but I ultimately decided whether I would follow their lead or not.
The same is true in your walk with the Lord. Jesus has set the ultimate example for His children to follow. He lived a flawless life, and He’s even given us a written record to draw from. If you are His child, His desire is for you to imitate Him, but you make the final decision as to how you are going to live your life.
Unlike Heidi and me, our heavenly Father is perfect. He doesn’t wish He could take back anything He has said, thought, or done. Others no doubt have, and will continue to influence your life, but God should be the standard you hold yourself to.
1 Peter 2:21 — To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in His steps (NIV).
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