Pastor Graham's Daily Devotional

October 7, 2015

And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.


--Deuteronomy 6:6-7

Don’t just say it… show it!

This old adage is never more important than it is in parenting.

You know, children can spot a phony from miles away, even if that phony happens to be their parent. They know if we’re simply saying something, or if we really believe what we say.

Maybe you know all the right things to say. You’ve read all the books and manuals on how to raise your children. Today, we can all be “experts.”

But, let me tell you, my parents never read a book on how to be a parent. I don’t think they ever attended a seminar. And my dad had an eighth grade education. But they made an incredible difference in my life and my brother’s life.

How? Because they didn’t just tell me what they believed. They showed me! Do your children know it because you show it?

Do you tell them to stay away from alcohol and then grab a beer out of the refrigerator? Do you warn them against immorality and watch immoral television shows and movies? 

Your children are watching you, so be their hero. Be a model of virtue and purity. You can be the kind of person your child can trust and respect as a role model.

So start showing them what you believe today!

Ask God to help you walk the talk and be an example of Christ for your children.