Recently my oldest son approached me to share his latest Lego creation – me (photo above). “Look Dad,” he joyfully stated, “I made you!” He had assembled various Lego-people body parts to make a new character. The resemblance was reasonable: I wear a suit or sport jacket for work and a hat when the temperature is less than 40°F since I am bald, I have a goatee, and, well, we won’t say anything about me having a round head. I enjoyed my son’s creativity, but the Lego-me also points to an important lesson for any dad: my son is watching me, attempting to mimic me. What a responsibility God has given me as a father!
Every parent can recall the instance when they heard their child say something or act a certain way and exclaim, “Where did he/she learn that?” and then realize three seconds later that it was from themselves. Children learn their initial set of beliefs, values, and actions from parents. This is as God intended when He created the institution of family. Parents are responsible for:
- Teaching their children. (Deuteronomy 6:6-7)
- Training their children (Proverbs 22:6)
- Providing loving discipline (Ephesians 6:4)
- Providing a worthy example (2 Timothy 1:5, 2 Chronicles 26:3-4)
As stated in a previous blog post, I want my sons to be men of God. I want their moral, spiritual, physical, emotional, and intellectual dimensions to be centered on Christ. My children are watching and mimicking me; hence, if I want them to be fully developed followers of Christ I must also be fully centered on Him. My children’s view of the Father is first shaped by the view of their earthly father. My life testimony as a father is critical!
So, fathers, how are you doing? If God had to build a Lego version of you what parts would He use? Would they include integrity, righteousness, faithfulness, and the fruit of the Spirit? Do your children see Christ in you? Would they see you as a member of the royal priesthood (1 Peter 2:9)? Remember, you are building and shaping your children with your life testimony.