Today’s Scripture: Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways. Proverbs¬†8:32

A group of ten-year olds responded to a survey in a New Jersey Sunday school that asked, “What is wrong with the grown-ups?” Their answers were very revealing:

  1. Grownups make promises, then they forget all about them, or else they say it wasn’t really a promise, just a maybe.
  2. Grownups don’t do the things they’re always telling the children to do – like pick up their things, or be neat, or always tell the truth.
  3. Grownups never really listen to what children have to say. They decide ahead of time what they’re going to answer.
  4. Grownups make mistakes, but they won’t admit them. They always pretend that they weren’t mistakes at all – or that somebody else made them.
  5. Grownups interrupt children all the time and think nothing of it. If a child interrupts a grownup, he gets a scolding or something worse.
  6. Grownups are always talking about what they did and what they knew when they were 10 years old – but they never try to think what it’s like to be 10 years old right now.

Parents, the most important impression you make on children will not be with the words that you say or the discipline you inflict, but with the testimony that you convey. Work hard not to be a “do as I say, not as I do,” parent. Set the example, be understanding, and make time for your children. It’s the little things that you do that make the crucial difference in your child development.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder