Instead of asking your kids, ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ Ask them, ‘Who do you want to be like when you grow up?’
-Jay Evans, paraphrased from my memory
Jay is our modern worship director. A couple of Sundays ago, Pastor Tim was sick, so Jay was our “substitute teacher” that day. 🙂 He wrapped up his sermon on discipleship, asking the congregation: Who do we want to be like? If our goal is to be more like Jesus, then we must learn who HE is and what HE teaches. In other words, we need to spend time in our Bibles and learn about Jesus from people who are smarter than us.
This got me thinking about your kids. Who do they want to be like when they grow up? I imagine that if you ask preschoolers who they want to be like, you will get many answers like “mommy” or “daddy.” Once children get older and they discover that there are more adults out there than just Mom or Dad, you may get a wider variety of answers. Who are the role models that your children know? Are they the kinds of people you want your children to grow up to be like? Are you surrounding yourself with people who love you and your kids?
It is said that “Children learn what they live.”
Who do your kids say they want to be like when they grow up? I would love to know what they say!
I wish you well!