You Never Know Who Is Watching
“Don’t worry that your children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.” Robert Fulgham
Our children do spend a lot of time watching who we really are. They look intently to see what we value, what we celebrate, and what we live for. I have come to realize that the greatest calling of my life is to pass a Godly heritage of faith to my children. My wife and I have worked hard at trying to teach our kids the things of God every hour that they are awake. We have sought to model a Biblical lifestyle at home, take them to church, and then to provide them with a Christian education so that their worldview would be constantly shaped by God’s truth. In essence, I wanted to model my love and pursuit of living for Jesus so that my kids, who are watching, would desire the same.
Modeling and living a lifestyle is important but we must also then begin to prepare our children to live for Jesus in this difficult culture. Derek Kenan said in regard to this that we should be “teaching our kids to swim beyond the buoys.” Isn’t that what we want in the final analysis? We must plan for our children to leave the confines of our homes, churches, and schools prepared to meet the rough currents of workplaces and the open hostility found on most college campuses.
How do we do this? We do this by ensuring that our children are being influenced with a Biblical Worldview so that they will learn themselves to live with such a worldview. We must begin early to make sure that our children’s underlying belief system is rooted and grounded in God’s Word and not the philosophies of this world. I want to give you a few verses that illustrate the importance of ensuring our kids have the right influence.
First, Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” If we want our children to have the right path for life, then we must teach them that their hope is in Christ Jesus alone.
Next, Luke 2:52 tells us: “And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.” The greatest model to follow in raising our children is Jesus. He was raised with the priorities of wisdom, stature, favor with God and favor with man. Achieving these four goals for our children is impossible outside of the influence of God’s Word and God’s people.
Also, Luke 6:40 teaches us: “A student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher.” God’s Word is clear in this passage that our children will become like those who teach them and have influence on them.
Finally, Colossians 2:8-9 declares, “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.” We do all we can to guard against our children being taken captive as these verses declare by the philosophies and principles that do not line up with God’s Word.
For these very reasons, my wife and I have always prioritized Christian education for our kids. We wanted them in an environment that would influence them to develop a Biblical Worldview. We knew that they would be watching those who have influence and we made sure that they were influenced daily with God’s truth. As I look back, it has been the greatest investment of our lives!