Last week we talked about generational sins and how sin can be passed from one generation to the next. We discussed whether this was a curse from God or deliberate choice to sin. I came down on the side of choice.
Today, I just feel called to remind us that our children are indeed watching us. What we do, how we choose to live, will have a great impact on the lives of our children.
In Breaking Free, Beth Moore shares a very telling story from It’s Always Something by Gilda Radner:
“When I was little, my nurse Dibby’s cousin had a dog, just a mutt, and the dog was pregnant. I don’t know how long dogs are pregnant, but she was due to have her puppies in about a week. She was out in the yard one day and got in the way of the lawn mower and her two hind legs got cut off. They rushed her to the vet and he said, “I can sew her up, or you can put her to sleep if you want, but the puppies are okay. She’ll be able to deliver the puppies.
Dibby’s cousin said, ‘Keep her alive.”
So the vet sewed up her backside, and over the next week the dog learned to walk. She didn’t spend any time worrying, she just learned to walk by taking two steps in the front and flipping up her backside, and then taking two steps and flipping up her backside again. She gave birth to six little puppies, all in perfect health. She nursed them and then weaned them. And when they learned to walk, they all walked liked her.”
This may seem oversimplistic to some, but for me, this story illustrates just how much influence we have over our children. This can be good, but it can also be bad, real bad.
I’m then reminded of an old children’s song. [It may seem kind of silly, but some of the best messages I have ever heard were directed at children. My pastor gives great children’s sermons and I often come away contemplating the kids’ sermon just as much (and sometimes more) as I do the one geared toward us adults]:
O be careful little eyes what you see,
O be careful little eyes what you see
For the Father up above
He’s looking down in love,
So, be careful little eyes what you see.
If we want to end generational sin, then we must choose differently than those who have gone before us. We need to set better examples for our children. We must always remember they are watching us. We need to be the people we want them to be.
I pray for you all to have a great week and I look forward to sharing with you all again tomorrow!