This morning I was looking for cream to put on our toddler’s skin because he was scratching and irritating it. His Daddy thought that the tube of cream might have fallen into the toy bin. So, I rummaged through the bin, pulling out toys and moving the blocks aside. Our son was standing next to me and he said, “Too much noise. People sleeping.” I paused for a moment and then continued searching for the cream. I stopped when I realized that it was not in the bin.
As I straightened up I said to our son, “You’re right. I was keeping noise and people are sleeping.” He had used the same words to me which his Daddy and I used when he kept noise early in the mornings. This brought home the message that we, as parents must lead by example. We have to practice what we preach. We told our son not to make noise and disturb our neighbors so it stands to reason that we should follow suit.
God is holy and as His children He wants us to be holy too. Holiness has nothing to do with sin, ungodliness, etc. It has everything to do with right behavior, thoughts and words.
Jesus did what He saw His Father do (John 5:19). God led by example and His Son followed. This please the Father (2 Peter 1:17).
Jesus led by example. He spoke about obedience and He obeyed the Father even unto death. He spoke about being humble. He did not hesitate to put aside His glory and become a little lower than the angels. He spoke of serving others. Throughout His ministry He ministered to people’s needs. He stripped down to His waist, got down on His knees and washed twelve pairs of dusty feet. The Master had become the Servant.
Jesus practiced what He preached. If we want our children to become the kind of people God meant for them to be we must lead by example. Part of training them up in the way they ought to do so that when they get older they do not depart from these teachings is undergoing training ourselves. We must allow God to train us to be the kind of parents our children can follow. In order to lead by example, we must first become that example. If we want our children to eat healthy, we have to do the same. If we want them to be kind, helpful, generous, compassionate, patient and productive, we have to exhibit these same behaviors. We have to adopt the same healthy habits we want to instill in our children.