Every day, all day long you are being watched. It is an eerie feeling when you stop and think about it. Someone recently commented on Facebook how they didn’t like ads popping up in front of them of a product they were just searching for online. Makes you wonder.
The watching I am talking about however, is in our marriages. Here is what I mean:
We are being watched by family and friends around us. Even more importantly, we are being watched by our children. How kind are we to each other? How patient? How loving and respectful? How do we treat each other when we are angry? Do we make up and still love each other?
Your children and mine are watching. What will they see?
Observing their parents is one of the primary ways in which children learn. From how to walk, talk, and treat others at an early age to how to cook, clean their room, mow the lawn, or fix the car as they grow older. It is sobering to take into account that our children also learn from us our bad habits or traits—and there is no escaping that. The best we can do is to do our best—and pray.
Here’s the cool thing: what if you worked hard to keep in mind that you are being watched—when you help each other out in the kitchen or the back yard…when you have your next argument…when you help your neighbor shovel their snow…or when you give to someone in need? What difference might that make?
No one on earth will even come close to having the impact upon your children that you do! It is up to you and I to show them the way…the way to resolve our conflicts, the way to get help when needed, the way to not give up, the way to forgive, and the way to love. It is a huge responsibility and awesome opportunity!
If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, you have probably heard that God hates divorce. That comes from the Bible, in the book of Malachi chapter two. But do you know the reason God gives in this passage about why He hates divorce? It is because He, God, desires Godly offspring! Read it in Malachi 2:13-16. God wants marriages to thrive under His leading so together as husband and wife we can mentor our children and raise them to love God and live for Him.
Every day, all day long, if you have children, you are being watched. What difference will that make in your life today?
Question: Will you do WHATEVER it takes to make your marriage work and even thrive for the sake of your children? You can leave a comment by clicking here.