I will never forget the day last year where I was taught a very important lesson by my then 4 year old son. My son was telling me about this other child at his daycare who he didn’t care for very much. I thought this would be a great time to remind about how much Jesus loves us and that He asked us to love others, and that includes everyone. My son responds with, “Except bad drivers, right mom?” Ouch.
That was not my proudest parent moment. Isn’t it funny how when you are trying to teach your children lessons and they end up teaching you? My son is watching me every day and how many times has he seen me get frustrated with other drivers? How many times have I called them names and yelled out in frustration – with my son right there watching my every move. My son is not seeing the love of Jesus from me when I am so easily to be angered with other people over silly things like traffic.
I am reminded every day of how much my little son looks up to me, when I open the Bible. On a few pages of my Bible you will find a scribble masterpiece done by none other than the artíst, Jude. But why would he not want to color in mommy’s Bible when he sees mommy write and highlight in it all the time? Once again – he’s watching me!
Proverbs 22:6 tells us, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” So what are we teaching our kids (or grandkids, nieces, or nephews for some of you)? What are we spending our time on and what things are we making a priority? Are we showing them that God is number one in our lives – or are we making television and football a priority? Are we showing them Christ’s love to other’s by loving people – or are we yelling at people from behind the wheel of our car?
I will never be a perfect parent or set the perfect example. Thankfully, Jesus took care of that perfect part for me. But I do want to show my child these important things: God loves him, Jesus died for him, and our mission is to love others (and of course that mommy loves him too).
Prayer: Father, help me to set a good example to others in my life. Thank you for continuing to help me grow in this and soften my heart. Your love is so amazing and I want to follow your commandment to love others as You love me. Help me raise up the children in my life in Your ways, Lord. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Discussion: Do you have a “bad driver” moment that you’ve had to deal with before? What helped you realize that you weren’t being the best Christian in that circumstance?