They Are Watching

Cousins 11-28-2013

Psalm 127:3 ESV

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.

We don’t see my brother-in-law or his family very often, they are a 12-hour drive away; but they drove in a few days ago for a family visit. My children looked forward to their arrival; my 8-year-old even kept checking the door and asking, “When will they get here?” They did arrive, and it was wonderful to see everyone again, and see how much the children have grown. It was such a joy watching the cousins play together.

As adults caught up on family news, the voices of our children and laughter filled our home. It reminded me what a great gift our children are. Our lives are richer and fuller because of our children. At the dinner table, conversation was fun. From sports to the pet lizard, we tried to cover all the topics. Eventually, the conversation turned to a discussion about our faith. I was so pleased to see my children participating in a conversation expressing their faith, and equally pleased that my in-law’s faith is strong.

Some days can be such a struggle. Getting the kids off to school, then sports practices, homework, and trying to get a family meal on the table can be trying, because the same rushed routine happens day after day. Weekends are even busier with games, errands and chores. Keeping our faith at the center of our lives is hard work. Sometimes it seems that everything we say or do falls on deaf ears. Then there are times you feel too tired to cook the meal for a sick neighbor, or you don’t really have time to lend a helping hand, but you did anyway. You try to set the example.

Then one day, you realize the children were listening, they were watching…

3 John 1:4 ESV

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.

Blessings on your day.


Photo:  Rod Garro