Teaching by Example

Everyday I wake up I’m faced with the task of thinking how I will live today. My intentions are good, so good. I’m going to be patient, I’m going to honor my husband, I’m going to even clean the thing in the house that has been neglected. I have really good intentions. I’ve adopted a saying from one of today’s most influential pastors. Pastor Michael Todd, he says “we are not perfect, but progressing”, I try to keep that in the back of my mind when the day doesn’t go as I intend for it to go. One thing I also keep in my mind is, what will my daughters think or learn to do from me.  I’m reminded of the scripture in Hebrews 13:7, “Remember your leaders who taught you the word of God. Think of all the good that has come from their lives, and follow the example of their faith.” NLT

In my imperfections, I seek God’s words. No matter how hard I try, I realize I can’t do anything without his guidance. I can say it to myself over and over what my intentions are; without him, they are merely just that, intentions, and don’t get any further than my thoughts. So therefore, I’m called to act, not just acting on what I intend to do, but, acting on seeking Christ. Waking up daily and saying a small prayer, “Lord, let me do your will today”, not only that but also going to His word. I let my girls know almost on a daily basis  how I have failed in not seeking God and doing what he requires. Sometimes I don’t have to say a word. They see it in my actions. When I have an attitude with dad, when I’m yelling at the traffic line, when I fail to be an example to them. That is not how God wants us to lead. 1 Corinthians 11:1 says “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” NIV.

What are we showing to our daughters everyday? Are we showing we don’t seek the Lord? Are we allowing the enemy to take root in our thoughts and do and say things we don’t intend? I’ve learned that each moment, each step, each hour, I have to die to myself and take up my cross daily  (Luke 9:23), so that I can live for Him. Our walk with Christ and how we handle every situation in life shows our daughters a way. Will it be God’s way or our own way is the question. So I implore you, and me, to choose each day to follow Christ’s example so that our daughters can have a view of what being a Kingdom daughter means in every area of life.

For His Glory,

Kristin J.

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