In my house I have a mirror. Sometimes this mirror shows me things I like about myself, sometimes this mirror shows me things that I am ashamed of. Almost always, however, this mirror is accurate. My mirror is three years old-her name is Amber.
Do you have any “little mirrors” at your house? I’m amazed at how often I will hear my toddler saying/doing something and I think, “Where on earth is this coming from?” Then just a little bit later I catch the exact same words I just heard coming out of my mouth and I stop suddenly and go, “Oh! That’s where she’s getting it from!!!” Her latest thing is saying “Alrighty then.” It absolutely cracks me up and I love it. When harsh tones or disrespect come out of her mouth that I recognize, however, I don’t love having a little mini me around nearly as much!
As Mother’s we are influential in shaping our children’s world and life on so many levels. We need to constantly check our “little mirrors” and make sure that the reflection we see is a godly one! In church today our Pastor was speaking of Eve and how her one sin impacted her entire family. She convinced her husband to sin along with her, and then one of her sons eventually became a murderer. As the wife and mother our role is so essential to our family. We are the glue that holds everything together or makes it break apart! Even in our seemingly insignificant daily actions and sayings we are building up or tearing down our family. I think that this is exactly what Proverbs 14:1 is talking about!
Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands. (KJV)
Do you want obedient, loving, caring, Godly children? How do you expect them to be so if they are just modeling the behaviors and actions that you are showing them each day? Do they seem to have a problem with gratitude, manners, or respect for authority? It’s time for a good hard look at yourself–how often do you say thank you or excuse me to them or your spouse, or even strangers for that matter? How often do you disrespect their father in front of them or cut him down? When we stop and think about what we are doing without even realizing it the revelation is sobering!
I want to leave you with James 1:23-24 (NIV)
Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.
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