Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | November 1, 2018

Who’s Your Daddy

“Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6 (KJV)

There is something about children mimicking adults that has always amused me. When my boys were little, it was not uncommon to find them walking around the house in their daddy’s shoes. They would also put on his suit jacket as they took turns pretending they were the daddy. They played “family” with one another and changed their voices to sound more adult-ish. In sum, they wanted to be like him.

In the Jewish culture children are exposed to the word of God at a very young age, and are expected to learn and memorize Scripture on a daily basis. Because a lot of the stories shared in the Jewish culture are not written down in any books, spending time together sharing and learning is very important. The patriarchs of each family passes on to their progeny important details about their heritage that those children will someday pass on to their own offspring. The Jewish culture is kept alive by the commitment each household leader has in modeling their beliefs to their children.

Children are God’s way of reminding us that we should use wisdom in what we say and do, because – more often than not – they will emulate our actions, good or bad. A child who is exposed to love, patience, kindness, generosity, and compassion will also practice those things. If we raise them thinking that the lack of those things is the norm, they will grow to lack in those areas, too. Children are teachable, and they will be eager to follow in their parents’ footsteps, because their mommies and daddies are their heroes.

My boys are now men with their own families; they get to watch their own children walk around in their shoes and they get to share their own life stories with them. As their mother and grandmother, my heart yearns nothing different for my grandchildren than it did when raising my own sons: to model Jesus to them. It will give me no greater pleasure than to be remembered by my progeny as a child of the King of Kings, whose love I always hope to emulate to anyone with whom I cross paths.

“Lord Jesus, You always modeled the Father to us. Please help us to model You to those around us, especially our own heritage.”

For His Glory

Luska Natali
TRBC Women’s Life

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