My daughter loves makeup, jewelry, and dressing up. Always has and I expect always will. As a little girl she had a Little Tikes Vanity Table where she would put on ‘makeup’ and get all dolled up. There’s just something about little girls and a love for makeup. They watch Mommy put on makeup and they want too as well.
Years ago I learned parenting is very much a ‘monkey see, monkey do’ affair for children are imitators of what they see. With that truth comes much responsibility. My actions and attitude are being watched. Maybe not as much as they once were within my home as our children are grown. Yet I interact with teens daily at school and church.
As I read in the Old Testament this morning, I thought of the power of authentic leadership and the followers who imitate.
“The king called together all the elders of Judah and Jerusalem. He went up to the temple of the Lord with the men of Judah, the people of Jerusalem, the priests, and the Levites- all the people from the least to the greatest. He read in their hearing all the words of the Book of the Covenant, which had been found in the temple of the Lord.” 2 Chronicles 34: 29-30
The Word of God as they had in that day had been buried by years of neglect of God and his temple. When King Josiah came along, he sought God wholeheartedly. In the clean out of the Temple, the Word was found and taken to Josiah. The king knew the people needed to turn back to God so he called them together and read the Law to them. What impresses me most is how he did the reading. He didn’t ask a priest or Levite, he took up the task of reading the Word.
If we are to be the men and women God made us to be, the parents He wants us to be, and the leaders in our homes, work, and church our children and others need, we MUST read the Word ourselves! We can’t leave the Word to just the pastor, Sunday School teacher, or youth leader. We must ALL, each and every one of us read it.
The great beauty in taking up the task of reading the Bible is how we will be transformed by the power of the Living Word. In the process, we become the person God wants us to be AND we leave behind a legacy our children can imitate.
After all, if our children are going to imitate us, what better thing is there to show them than reading the Word! (By the way, even teens are watching though they wouldn’t admit to doing so).
Lord, thank you for your Word! Those words seem so small for such a great gift you have given us but thank you anyway! Teach me your truths, transform me, and may my love for your Word be passed down through the generations. May others be encouraged to open the pages and dig in to the treasure within! Amen!