Teach The Children Well

September 24, 2006
by Lois Pifer

Matthew 25:40 – The King will reply, "I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me." (NIV)

When my granddaughter was four years old, she spent some time with us during the summer. I took her to her favourite fast-food restaurant, and she got the much-anticipated kid's meal with its treasure inside. For some unknown reason, I bought the two-for-one sandwich deal, of which I ate one and took the other with me. I had no idea what I was going to do with it. Fifteen minutes after we left the restaurant, we stopped at a stop light, and there was a homeless man. He was dirty, unshaven, and had rags for clothes. I gave him the extra sandwich and proceeded on my way. From the back of the car, I heard this little voice saying "Was that God?" I answered, "Yes, I guess it was — when we do something for someone in need, we are doing it for God."

What this incident taught me was that our little ones are watching us all the time, and we can make a big impact on them by what we do. I thank God that I had the opportunity to share this moment, and many others, with my granddaughter, and to have real input in the sculpting of her character. She is eight years old now and is truly a caring and giving soul.

Deuteronomy 6:6-7 – These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. (NIV)

Prayer: Dear Father God, thank You for the gift of children. May we always realize that they are watching us and learning from what we do. Give us patience, self-control, and loving and kind hearts. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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Lois Pifer <pifres@aol.com>
Savannah, Georgia, USA

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