What a blessing Paige's sermon was this past Sunday. Fathers, I hope you were encouraged. I couldn't help but think of my two sons throughout the whole message. It was hard to hear as I thought back, realizing the influence I had on my sons, even when I didn't know they were watching.
Overtime, I've discovered that there is no other relationship in which a man exerts so much power... for good or bad. There is none other from whom my children have received so many of their ideas, impressions and habits. The opinions which I've held, the beliefs I've identified with, the friendships I've cultivated, and the particular line of conduct I've displayed have all impressed themselves on the hearts of my children.
Their view of life is affected partly by the feelings they have for their father, and partly by the opinions they have about my character. The observational power of their minds & hearts awakened early. From the time, every day added something to its ever increasing databank. My words, looks and actions made an impact. Little did I know, I was, indeed, constantly educating my children.
As I went about my life, on my own accustomed course, without noticing their young eager eyes watching my every move, without considering their young listening ears tuning in to every word I spoke. Their young impressionable hearts were instructed by whatever I paraded before them.
Try to estimate, if you can, the value of your children. They are budding men and women.
Try, if you can, to understand their individual character. A careful study is needed for this. A family is a little world where each member has a personality of his or her own.
Try, if you can, to appreciate the power of your influence. This can hardly be exaggerated, especially in the formative years of their childhood. They're always learning from us, being influenced by us. Our words & works leave a lasting impression upon their hearts & minds. We are their books. They study us with keen eyes, repeat us with ludicrous accuracy.
Try, if you can, to recognize the limits of your authority, bounded by the sovereign will of God who limits our time.
One last observation. Our society is the result of our family life. In essence, our private home-life becomes very public as our children move out into the world. How important parenting is in the formation of each individual character. Our sons & daughters become husbands & wives, fathers & mothers who leave their impression on the next generation, shaping the world to come.
By God's grace, may we abide faithfully, doing all we are able to help our children run their race for Christ's glory & His kingdom!