Ok, so this saying has gotten to be a bit cliche, no, very cliche. But things usually become cliche because they really are true, and why reinvent the wheel when there is a perfectly good phrase out there that describes your point.
Another good cliche for today would be, Monkey see, monkey do.
Kids will mimic what you do more than what you tell them to do. Oh, I so wish that weren’t true sometimes! I see certain behaviors in my teens that I really wished they didn’t have, but know that they learned those bad habits from my poor example, despite my words encouraging them to be otherwise.
Several weeks ago I was crying out to God, asking him what I could do to help help my kids through some typical teenage challenges. His immediate word, “Be the example.”
Be the example of peace, joy and perseverance in trials, rather than the example of fussing and fuming and depression.
Ok, so I was convicted. Here’s to being a better example!
In everything set them an example by doing what is good.
I pray that we can all be the change we want to see in the world – not so much in the big things, but in the little things, that make up the big things.
Blessings on your day, week and year!