Thursday, November 6, 2008

Do As I Say, Not As I Do

A caring youth pastor observes that “there just aren’t many good role models left and very few positive heroes. Because of this, teenagers model themselves after rock stars, movie actors, and athletes. They are being led by people who are incapable of leading, and they are suffering from it.”

The desire for parental role-modeling was expressed by a young teenager who came to a counselor with her parents. The father made a profound statement on “godly parenting” and his daughter replied in all sincerity, “Dad, I wish you could hear what you just said, and do it.” This father later left his wife and children for another woman.

It is not what parents preach that kids hear clearly; it’s what they do. All parents are role models. Modeling is not the question. The question is, "What are they modeling?" Are they dispelling a child’s confusion or adding to it?

No comments: