The other day I was speaking about just how deplorable the world is today: filled with sin, corruption, and pride of life, to name a very few things. At one point I said “Who thinks that the world we live in today is a great place, great atmosphere to raise our kids?” and a young boy, about 8 years old I guess, raised his little hand. Ah, the innocence of a child, it is truly some thing to inspire us at times. As I pondered upon this over the last day or so a couple of things occurred to me that I’d like to share with you.
First, we are, or should be, conscience of our behavior before the world; we all know that unbelievers pay attention to what Christians do and say. God’s Word tells us that we need to be cautious in this area so ” … the name of God is [not] blasphemed … through you” (Romans 2:24). I think it is also important that we mind our actions around our Brothers and Sisters, too, out of love, respect, and humility. Paul said though all things be lawful, they may not be expedient (1 Corinthians 10:23), or just because I can that doesn’t mean I should.
Secondly, how we act and react in front of our families, especially our (individually and corporately “our”) is of great significance. Who we are “when no one is watching” is often who they see us to be. This impression that we leave with them, and other folks, is out heritage, our legacy, if you will. We need to make sure that we are leaving a godly heritage, memories that shine the Light of Jesus, to all and especially these littles one.