Do what I say, not what I do.
We all grew up hearing that and some of us (ahem!) still say it…
But, here is what I realized today. OK, maybe before today, but I had a moment today.
I don’t actually want my kids to do what I say. Some times my words are angry and biting. They are selfish and prideful. My words aren’t always glorifying to God and loving to others.
But my actions are.
My kids are watching me. They see me love others. Serve others. Be intentional with people and put their needs above my own. They see me seeking God through my morning quiet times and putting Him first.
Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ
1 Corinthians 11:1
They also see me apologize to them after I’ve wronged them. They see me seeking reconciliation with my husband after we’ve had a disagreement or I haven’t been respectful.
My favorite thing right now is…they see God using ETCH to build His Kingdom.
Right now, as I type this, my oldest is reading our ETCH blog on her iPad. She’s reading the Be Courageous series when we featured people’s stories from all over the country. Some of these people she knows very well and others she doesn’t. Either way, she’s reading about how imperfect people trust in a perfect God. They rely on His strength because they are weak. You can read them here.
I pray that those words that she’s reading are living proof of God’s Word. This is His Word lived out in real life.
Every time I make a blog post go live, I pray the same thing for you. That God would use my story or someone else’s to reach your heart. To be living proof that His Word is living and active and sharper than any double-edged sword.
I want my actions and my life to be more powerful than my words.
But, I want God’s Word to be more powerful than my actions.