Your kids are watching you more than you think. Once on a snowy, winter night, a farmer went outside to bring his horse inside the barn. His young son saw him leave and tried to follow him, but the snow was too deep for him. Undeterred by the obstacle, the smart little boy decided he would walk in his dad’s footprints until they led him to the barn and his father.

Former President Herbert Hoover said this about children:

The older I grow, the more I appreciate children. . . . Children are the most wholesome part of the race, the sweetest, for they are freshest from the hand of God. Whimsical, ingenious, mischievous, they fill the world with joy and good humor. We adults live a life of apprehension as to what they will think of us; a life of defense against their terrifying energy; a life of hard work to live up to their great expectations. . . . In all these ways, children add to the wonder of being alive. In all these ways, they help to keep us young.

The next generation is filled to the brim with ideas, energy, and a hunger for our guidance. They will follow—but we must boldly lead the way. We have the privilege and responsibility of training them into tomorrow’s leaders.

Where do we begin such a daunting task? By personally modeling the right path for our children to follow. They will follow the footprints we leave in more ways than we can imagine. The intensity of our relationship with Jesus Christ, the quality of the service we devote to our Savior—every aspect of our lives will leave a lasting impression.

Each of us is leaving footprints behind. Where are yours leading? See to it that your footprints lead children down the path toward spiritual maturity and godliness. Future generations are counting on it.

Oh, what a tangled web do parents weave when they think that their children are naïve. — Ogden Nash

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.