I am blessed to be married to a wonderful man. Not only is he generous, spontaneous, smart and thoughtful, he is also wise. I am well aware that I don’t always show him how much I appreciate these qualities and what he represents to those around him. I feel led to write how much a 30 second conversation affected me this morning.
As hubby was getting ready for work while I was still in bed feeding the baby, he said, “You know, on my run the other day I was thinking about something. We spend so much time teaching our kids what NOT to do and so little time showing and teaching them what TO do. ‘For example, we are always saying ‘don’t do this’ and ‘don’t do that.’ I think we should start really focusing on teaching them how to do things. What do you think?” In my early morning fog I smiled and agreed with him. He left for work and I was left pondering; unable to get his comments out of my head.
I began to think of Jesus and how he is known as the great teacher. What did he do? The first thought that came to my mind was the Lord’s Prayer. Jesus didn’t tell us what not to do, he said, “And when you pray, pray like this…” Jesus spent his time on earth teaching. Yes, there were moments of rebuke for sure, but so much of the New Testament is a guide on how we should live our lives. And he set the best example.
I want to teach my kids so they feel empowered to make the best choice. Knowledge that allows them to live in freedom, not fear. I am left with this,
“LEAD BY EXAMPLE.”
How thankful I am that my husband shared his thoughts with me today.