Be sure to check out Week 4: Discipline – Do the Right Thing.
When was the last time your kids did something and you thought, Oh no! I do that!! Our kids watch everything we do, especially when we don’t realize it. Growing Christlike character in our own lives is one of the greatest gifts we can give to our kids.
Choose to love selflessly – Read 1 John 3:16-18. These verses give great guidelines for loving others. What activities do you do, or involve your family in, to show love to others? “Talk is easy. Love-in-action takes effort…Jesus didn’t just talk about His love for us; He died on the cross to make sure we understood.” (82)
Choose to serve joyfully – We need to stay away from the attitude of the disciples in Luke 22:24. Before honor comes humility. But how many times do we serve so we can gain honor and recognition from our fellow believers? “Jesus calls us to serve selflessly in a ‘me first’ world, to love without complaint, and to seek no recognition for ourselves.” (84)
Choose to stay faithful – When times are tough, or we are waiting on God to make a move, we must remain steadfast in our beliefs. Our children are watching and these are the moments when you can teach life lessons to them. Teach them how to find scripture that is encouraging when a friend has betrayed them. Teach them to pray when they are in need of finances for a certain activity. Have them join you in prayer as you journey through the hard, and good, times of life.
Choose to submit humbly to God’s will – Jesus was our example of submission. He humbled Himself and became a man. He humbled Himself and died on the cross. And He continues to humble Himself because He does not know the day or hour of His return to gather His kingdom. “‘Dying to self’ often comes down to choosing whether or not to submit to God and His timing.” (89)
Choose to give generously – The Israelites willingly gave riches to Moses for the building of the tabernacle. In fact, the artisans went to Moses asking him to tell the people to STOP giving. Wouldn’t that be amazing if we had to tell people to stop bringing their tithes to the church? But until that day, we are to be cheerful givers with a willing heart. We are to trust God whom we love and know He cares for us and supplies all of our needs.
Learning From One Another:
As we grow Christlike character, we will become more aware of the opportunities around us to share Jesus and God’s love. We will be more willing to die-to-self and deny ourselves. If we want our kids to become like Jesus, then we must be willing to become like Him in everything we do. It’s not easy. That’s why believers need each other. What helps you to stay faithful during life’s difficult and dark days?
How do you humbly serve amid the busy details of everyday life?
God’s Wisdom for a Mother’s Heart by Bobbie Wolgemuth (all quotes come from this study)