The Parent Race: Week 2 - Day 4
God, help my actions line up with my words. Our lives cannot testify of your power if our actions defy your love. Let us embody your holy word with more than our lips. Amen.
Read: James 1:25, NIV
“But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.”
In this book, James is writing to Jewish Christians encouraging them to remain steadfast in their pursuit of God by putting his word into action. First century Christians seem to have struggled with the same things we struggle with today – not merely professing faith with our lips but letting it be evident through our every action. We are saved through faith, not works (Ephesians 2:8), but living out our faith through action will lead to “delight and affirmation” (James 1:25 MSG). The tangible actions of our faith lived out will also speak multitudes to our children and anyone we come into contact with.
Make a habit of discussing the difference between “knowing” and “doing” with your family members. This will look different for everyone depending on age and stage of life. For school-aged kids, talk about looking around at school for children that may need a helping hand. For older children, discuss the importance of making choices based on faith and long term goals rather than following the crowd. Remember the very best way to help this “stick” with kids is for them to witness a parent or mentor actively engaging faith. If you don’t have children, consider how you can help model this behavior to the kids you come into contact with throughout the week.
Thank you for the privilege of teaching children to follow you, God. Help us to remember our actions are speaking to those around us and give us strength to act accordingly. Show us where to move, where to place our steps, so that we may reach others in your name. Amen.