By Our Words And Our Lives

A picture is worth a thousand words.

“The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him”??(Proverbs 20:7).

Anxiety about our family is natural, but we shall be wise if we turn it into care about our own character. If we walk before the LORD in integrity, we shall do more to bless our descendants than if we bequeathed them large estates. A father’s holy life is a rich legacy for his sons.

The upright man leaves his heirs his example, and this in itself will be a mine of true wealth. How many men may trace their success in life to the example of their parents! — Charles Spurgeon

We teach our children by our words and our lives. Our example says as much as our words.

Let us seek to be examples for our children in:

Our love for Jesus – may they see us having regular devotions. May our children see us ask forgiveness. Let them see us turn away the anger of others by gentle answers. ?Let them see us ask forgiveness and humble ourselves and confess our sins. Let them see us serve others. May they see our example of trusting God in affliction. May they see us serve the Lord with gladness. Let our children see us worshiping God expressively. May they see the fruit of the Spirit in our lives.

I’m a pastor at Saving Grace Church in Indiana, PA. I’m married to Kristi, have 5 kids, and a growing number of grandkids. I enjoy songwriting, oil painting and coffee, not necessarily in that order.