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Read Proverbs 2

My child, listen to what I say, and treasure my commands. Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding.

Proverbs 2:1-2

Kids mimic. One of the unavoidable realities of raising children involves seeing ourselves in their actions. They pick up words, tones, and habits from us. What parents haven’t experienced the shock of hearing a familiar expression or seeing a certain mannerism from their children only to realize that the children are mimicking them!

Unfortunately, children don’t always choose the most flattering characteristics to mimic. We want them to do as we say, not as we do. They will tend to do what we do rather than what we say, and at the worst possible times. They have an uncanny way of publicizing our contradictions by imitating what we want to hide.

We live wisely before our children when what we do matches what we say. If our doing and our saying are the same and good, it doesn’t matter which one they mimic. When we are inconsistent, forcing our children to choose whether to imitate our words or our actions, we do them a great disservice. We can’t really expect them to treasure what we don’t think is valuable enough to demonstrate by our lives.


Walk what you talk.

Dear Lord, help me to be an example of consistency before others so that even my failures become good lessons for them as I depend on you for forgiveness.

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The One Year Daily Wisdom
By Neil Wilson and Livingstone

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