Like father, like son

Today, my wife Shelly found our 20-month old son, Jericho, getting into my things again. This time was different than the usual (daily), him making random calls with my cell phone, or hiding the TV remote.  Today, she found him sitting in my "study spot" at the dining room table, wearing my reading glasses and "reading" my Bible.  She snapped this candid pic.

It hit me all over again just how much my boys watch what I do.  Our kids watch and learn.  All the world is their classroom, especially the home.  What are we teaching them?

In light of my continuing study through Jesus' "Sermon On the Mount," I know this runs the risk of coming across self-serving and pretentious.  I almost feel like I need to add a disclaimer here: I'M NOT PERFECT!  While I am a very proud daddy at this very moment (he also said the blessing for dinner for the very first time tonight: "Thank You Jesus. Amen."), I am far from being a perfect daddy... or husband... or Christian... or pastor.  For me, this moment only highlights how much influence we as parents truly have over our children in their development.  And I am inspired to want to be better than I am.  To quote a recent film, "I don't want to be good enough."  I want to be the best example as I possibly can.  I want my boys to become better men than me.  Getting in that Book (the Bible) can only help.

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