What Our Children See

Michael Beck

“Let thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto their children.” (Psalm 90:16)

Attitudes are contagious. Our children pick up on how we feel about others. If you like someone, your kids will like them. If you don’t like a person, neither will they. They may not even know what the other person has done right or wrong in your eyes; all they know is the way you feel about them. We can’t hide what’s in our heart; it comes out of our mouth, and oozes from our pores. Kids are very good at taking their parents’ “feeling thermometer.”

What example are we leaving our children – one of kind compassion or bitter judgementalism? When others fall short in our eyes do our children see and sense in us a heart of mercy? Are we modeling for them what it means to love others with the love of God? No, this is not about being “soft” on sin or wrongdoing; it is about rightly reflecting the attitude of our God. He hates evil more than we do; but He loves people – all people, even the worst of us.

Live out the life of Christ before your children. Attitudes are imparted through example. Don’t raise Pharisees. The world has enough of them. Give your children a witness of God’s glory that was found in the face of Jesus Christ.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.