26 Sep, 2018 How to be a Godly Example in Your Child’s Life
The Benham Brothers’ new book, Miracle in Shreveport, gives fathers the tools they need to be a Godly example in their home and how to equip their children to pursue their dreams, with Christ as the center.
Have you ever wondered how much you impact others? I often find myself wondering this very thing. If I am living for Christ, does anyone really notice? Will anyone really care if I am not filled with joy today?
Believe it or not, someone is always watching us. There is always someone we can impact. Now whether that impact is positive or negative is totally up to you. If you are blessed with children, they are some of the first people that will pick up on your actions. My mom would always joke around, “Why do you follow my mistakes? Make your own!” While this may seem silly, it could not be more true. Children watch their parents and they emulate what they see.
Parenting can seem like a daunting task for many. Especially for fathers, there is a lot of pressure to be good examples as the leaders of their homes.
Ways to become godly paragons in your children’s lives.
- Get into the Word. I cannot stress this enough. God’s Word is living and active and sharper than a two-edged sword (Hebrews 4:12). If, as a parent, you are not already in the Word, take some time to study on your own, with your spouse, and with your children. If you study as a family, your children will grow up remembering the time you invested in them and in God’s Word more than you just telling them to read their Bible everyday.
- Learn from others. Whether you talk to your parents, your childhood father figure or an older couple in your church, there is always someone who is willing to walk alongside you. Parenting can be difficult, so don’t hesitate to find someone who can be the godly example in your life to help you be a godly example to your children.
- Read other Christian literature. Consider purchasing a copy of the Benham Brothers’ new book Miracle in Shreveport. These Christian men have some excellent insight on parenting. Each of the brothers has several children (one has five and the other has four) and they were raised by a godly father. While other books should NEVER replace the Bible, reading how other people parent can be a good tool to help you on your parental journey.
- Be faithful to what God has called you to do. The Benham brothers talked in their new book about the importance of being faithful in what God has given you. Like “The Parable of the Talents”, in Matthew 25:14-30, the master entrusted his servants with little, and when they proved to be faithful, he entrusted them with more. In the same way, if you are faithful with the little things, God will entrust you with more. Whether it is parenting, working, or just living everyday life, be faithful in what God has called you to do, and He will entrust you to do the big things.
Jason & David Benham grew up together in a Christian home. They did everything together. As they grew up, they had plans to start an HGTV show called “Flip it Forward,” but God had other plans. After their show was cancelled, due to some pro-life comments they made, God led them to start a ministry. Sometimes what we think are tragedies are actually blessings in disguise.
Thus far, they have written three books. Their newest book, Miracle in Shreveport, came out on March 27th. In this book, the brothers talk about the impact fathers have on their children, the necessity of faith on the field, and the importance of being faithful with what God has given you.
Tina Marie Griffin recently interviewed Jason and David Benham on Hollywood Insider, talking about their new book and how to be a Godly example in the home.
This book is all about fatherhood and trusting in God’s power through any circumstance. If you read this book, you can learn from the godly examples that are displayed in this book and be encouraged in your own walk as a parent.
Being a father (or a parent in general) is a very tough job. That is why you need to find godly examples in your own life to model after. Never forget that the way you live can impact those around you. Nurture your child’s heart and as Proverbs 22:6 states, “Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.”
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Laura Glenn is the contributing writer for this article. She is a junior at Missouri Baptist University, who is currently studying Music with Business Electives. She has enjoyed writing from a young age and is now employed as a writing tutor at her university.