I don’t have to be the first person to tell you that kids are impressionable. Their little minds are like sponges, picking up everything they hear and see. It doesn’t matter what is modeled for them, good or bad, they are bound to pick it up sooner or later the longer they are exposed to it.
And sadly, we underestimate all of that. Because in the busyness of life, other things that we deem “important” become the foundation for our kids’ souls.
We become more concerned about the quality of their education rather than the content of their heart.
We push them into more sports and drive them to endless practices instead of immersing them in God’s Word and a mindset that is eternity driven.
We pride ourselves on their perfection in school yet we forget to point them to the purification of Christ.
We spend hours shopping for outfits and makeup but we neglect to tell them of the beauty of Godly character.
And we spend so much time running around like chickens with our heads cut off from this thing to that, that we completely forget to create a heart of worship in our homes and a safe home base for our kids to see and experience Jesus.
Our kids become what they are modeled, friends. I mess up daily, I’ve got flaws coming out my ears. It isn’t my job to be a perfect parent or raise perfect kids… but it is my job to point them to a perfect God. And we’ve got this one chance, this ONE lifetime to get the most important thing right. And that is to model a heart of obedience in surrender to Christ. Let’s make the right impression and let’s be intentional about it.
Because while first impressions aren’t everything, they sure do make a difference. And it’s never too late to start making the right one.
I completely agree with the main idea of this. But it doesn’t have to always be either/or. We can do sports and also love and value Jesus in our home 🙂