Jesus modeled this 5th parenting principle of ‘Letting our example do the talking’.
Jesus did more modeling than verbal teaching to His children (the disciples). One example is the feeding of the 5,000.
At the end of the day there was no food available and the disciples advised Jesus to send the people away so they could go and find food.
But Jesus replied, “That isn’t necessary–you feed them.” “Impossible!” they exclaimed. “We have only five loaves of bread and two fish!” “Bring them here,” he said. Then he told the people to sit down on the grass. And he took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and asked God’s blessing on the food. Breaking the loaves into pieces, he gave some of the bread and fish to each disciple, and the disciples gave them to the people. (Matthew 14:15-19)
Notice that Jesus didn’t scold the disciples and give them a lecture about how having faith to feed everyone. He showed them an example of trusting God for the miraculous. He didn’t just break the bread, He asked God to bless it and God miraculously supplied. This was a much more powerful lesson than 10 sermons.
One day my daughter came to me and asked me to help look for her missing calculator. God put a check in my spirit and reminded me to pray with her before we looked. Within 5 minutes we had found it and were rejoicing.
After that time, my daughter started to come to me regularly with all kinds of prayer requests. What blessing that God provides opportunities for us to lead by example as parents which is much more powerful than our words.
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