Wednesday, July 29, 2015

What Are Your Children Seeing?

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What do your children see when they watch you?

Psalm 1 presents two contrasting scenarios. Read all six verses, and consider which scenario reflects the choices that are shaping your life.

In previous weeks, we looked at the first half of the psalm that speak of blessings, delightfulness and the satisfying fruit we experience when we choose to be nourished by God’s Word and His ways. Consequently, our lives produce good outcomes and reflect mature decisions.

This week we will conclude our discussion on Psalm 1. Notice the sharp contrast in the tone of the last half of the psalm:

Psalm 1:4-6 (NASB)
4 The wicked are not so,
But they are like chaff which the wind drives away.
5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
Nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
6 For the LORD knows the way of the righteous,
But the way of the wicked will perish.

Are these verses convincing enough to persuade you to make some changes? These verses give serious warning to those who are living without God. The Amplified Bible ends verse 6 with “but the way of the ungodly [those living outside God’s will] shall perish (end in ruin and come to nought)."

For sure, the last half of Psalm 1 is less fun to read or even think about. But important in its warnings, nevertheless. Our heavenly Father is loving, good and merciful. I can only begin to imagine how profound His longing must be in wanting us to choose the correct path. But the choice is ours.

Which scenario do you want for yourself: Do you want to seek God and His wisdom? Or do you want to rebel against God and His ways? Think about it: we can have purpose, direction and meaning, or we can live recklessly – ending with disappointment and regret.

Which scenario do you want for your child? He or she is watching you.

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As always, please remember that I’m here if you need me. You can use a pseudonym if you want to share a little about your struggle (via the comment link). I’d be honored to pray with you.


  1. How often the children see things in us that we ourselves had not even noticed! Your question is a very important one to consider.

    I find the choice of wording to describe the ungodly/wicked quite powerful. Like chaff. Driven off by the wind.

    God wants us to stand firm, solidly planted on Him and His Word. Without it, we are virtually an empty shell, easily persuaded -- drifting wherever this world's winds will take us.

  2. Thank you, for stopping by and for your comment. I especially like your pointing out that our children notice things in our behavior that we, ourselves, aren't even aware of. Which gives more importance for us to ask the Holy Spirit to search our hearts and lives, doesn't it?


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