August 28, 2008
Every weekday morning, my Granddaughter descends the steps to the sight of her Grandpa eating his morning cereal and reading the daily paper. “Good morning Grandpa” is followed by her request for breakfast and strawberry milk, or “Cow Juice with pink stuff” as we call it. Grandpa quickly leaves for work, and I get ready to serve her breakfast.
Imagine my surprise one morning when I went into the dining room, waffles and strawberry milk in hand, and found my five-year-old Granddaughter intently reading the funny pages of the paper. She was so focused that she didn’t see me grab a camera or even react when I took two or three shots, flash included. (With apologies for my photography) Talk about responding to what has been modeled for you! Oh, and yes, she could actually read the funnies.
It wasn’t a fluke. We sat down at the same time the next day, and I was reading the paper while I ate. She looked at me somewhat indignantly and said, “Where’s my paper?” Whether we knew it or not, we had taught her that reading the newspaper was an important part of a morning routine.
Now, there is nothing wrong with reading the daily news. But, I couldn’t help but wonder what the result would have been if we read our Bible every morning at breakfast. I often withdraw to my room and read the Word in privacy so I can concentrate. I’m going to have to rethink that strategy.
It also started me thinking. What else does she see us do on a regular basis? Like every other kid on the planet, she is watching the adults in her life. Carefully. Not only watching, but imitating.
What are you modeling for the little ones in your life?
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.