Sunday, January 11, 2015

Faith Corner: Practice what you Preach?

We are teachers, all of us, to those around us. If you are a parent, this is something that quietly speaks in the back of your mind. Are you doing a good job? Do you practice what you preach?  Do you have a crazy, "wild child" friend whom you listen to, or see their pictures on Facebook, and think OH MY WORD what have ya done now??? 
Just remember:
#1 this person is YOUR friend, and you know what they say "guilty by association". 
 #2 Clearly, you are NOT rubbing off on them. 
 So, I ask again do you practice what you preach?
If we are not teaching each other, learning from one another how can we possibly expect our children to? I am not trying to sound harsh, but the reality is this generation has such a disconnect from previous generations to the next generation. My five year old is a smart child. Now, I am not trying to brag here (although pat on my back he really is a smarty pants) but there is a LOT of pressure being his Mom. I am one of the VERY influential people in his life. I directly effect his life and prepare him for life after I leave this world. Will he be ready? Talk about pressure. 
Leading by an example not my opinion is so hard. I never realize how opinionated and judgmental I was until I became a Mom. 
I grumble about all the rude strangers bumping into me when shopping. 
I give an attitude when someone does smile or say "hi" back. 
Mom, why are you being rude? 
I become impatient whilst driving and honk my horn or yell choice words. 
Mom, why are you yelling, they cannot hear you?
Am I leading by example, do I practice what I preach? I want my son to be accepting, loving and nonjudgmental. If I cannot hold to my own preachings how can I expect other teachers too? How can I hold the government officials to the same platform, when they too are all humans? 
Matthew 23:3 NLT states:
"23So practice and obey whatever they tell you, but don't follow their example. For they don't practice what they teach". 
Many of my friends can attest, I have a motto anyone can use to help make wise decisions. Think of someone extremely important to you. For me, that is my son. If he were to walk into the room and see whatever it was I was doing would I be ashamed? Now, take that a step further in Faith, if God were to walk in and watch you, right this second, would he be happy with your decisions? I don't know about you but this motto helps keep my "desires" in check. It helps keep my "practice what you preach" in check. If I wouldn't want my son to see my actions then I certainly wouldn't want the all powerful, creator of the universe seeing it either!If you are not religious or spiritual what keeps you in check? What helps you practice what you preach?


  1. Great post. I posted on your Facebook too. I used to listen to some music when the kids were not around. It took me a while but i realized if they shouldn't be hearing it, then I shouldn't either.

    1. you did, I replied but just for those who are following on here, I resorted to country or instrumentals. I encourage musical arts but I don't want my 5 year old to say "I'm sexy and I know it" all day at say school.

  2. Children are such wonderful reminders that what goes in (to our ears) usually comes the most awkward of times! That's why I think children are such a wonderful blessing from God! Thanks for your encouraging words today!