Today’s Scripture: I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart. Psalm 101:2

It is important to realize that if we want our kids to live godly lives, we must live godly lives. History repeats itself over and over by showing that kids follow their parent’s examples. If a parent smokes, a child will be much more likely to smoke than a child with parents who do not smoke. A child whose father is in prison will be much more likely to go to prison than a child who has both a mother and father at home.

Since our children follow our examples, we must determine to follow Christ’s example. We ought to have a life that reflects the character of Christ. If we do, our children will be much more likely to do the same.

Prayer should be a vital part of our lives. We must also remember to continually keep our children in prayer. Without prayer, all the tips in the world won’t raise a God-fearing child. We must also be thankful if we want our kids to be thankful. Remember to thank kids when they do something kind. The best teacher is one that teaches by example.

Kids will never be closer to God than we are. If they see the reality of serving God in our lives, there is an increased chance that they will serve God as well. If they see us being servants to others, taking every opportunity to help, our kids are more likely to serve.

A picture says more than a thousand words, and a consistent example says more than a thousand pictures. What kinds of examples will we be?

Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.