The goal of discipleship is to have someone step in our shoes and pave new territories. This is the beauty of daddy’s little boy clomping down the stairs with a pair of his father’s shoes; that picture is a nostalgic one. What men do not realize is that someday their son will fill shoes in the way life was modeled for them. This is deep because at best, a father will have 15 years to model the behavior for his sons, and the first eight years are the most important. This is why it is so important to realize that children model what they see, and they will model what is displayed at home.Children model what they see, and they model what is displayed at home. Click To Tweet
This is profound because there isn’t a curriculum to teach children how to treat people with dignity and affection. In other words, you cannot diagram dignity and affection. You cannot diagram respect, forgiveness, or servanthood. This is not found in any encyclopedia that I know of, but it must be put in motion. It is so important what a father models, so if he makes statements like, “Those dumb police are always trying to stop speeders with their radar! Why don’t they take the time to try to catch people who are breaking into homes?!” Or statements like, “All of Washington is full of hypocrites and idiots and the man in the Whitehouse is the biggest one of all.” They start planting seeds of anti-government very early in life, yet they forget that government is ordained by God even if the people who are operating in the positions are not acting biblically.
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1 Chronicles 12:21 (NKJV)
And they helped David against the bands of raiders, for they were all mighty men of valor, and they were captains in the army.
Matthew 28:19 (NKJV)
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…
John 16:13 (NKJV)
However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.