While waiting for an eye examination, I was struck by a statement I saw in the optometristâ€™s office: â€œEighty percent of everything children learn in their first 12 years is through their eyes.â€ I began thinking of all that children visually process through reading, television, film, events, surroundings, and observing the behavior of others, especially their families. On this Fatherâ€™s Day, we often think about the powerful influence of a dad.
Paul urged fathers not to frustrate their children to the point of anger, but to â€œbring them up in the training and admonition of the Lordâ€ (Eph. 6:4). Think of the powerful example of a dad whose behavior and consistency inspire admiration from his children. Heâ€™s not perfect, but heâ€™s moving in the right direction. A great power for good is at work when our actions reflect the character of God, rather than distort it.
Thatâ€™s challenging for any parent, so itâ€™s no coincidence that Paul urges us to â€œbe strong in the Lord and in the power of His mightâ€ (v.10). Only through His strength can we reflect the love and patience of our heavenly Father.
We teach our children far more from how we live than by what we say.