link2499 link2500 link2501 link2502 link2503 link2504 link2505 link2506 link2507 link2508 link2509 link2510 link2511 link2512 link2513 link2514 link2515 link2516 link2517 link2518 link2519 link2520 link2521 link2522 link2523 link2524 link2525 link2526 link2527 link2528 link2529 link2530 link2531 link2532 link2533 link2534 link2535 link2536 link2537 link2538 link2539 link2540 link2541 link2542 link2543 link2544 link2545 link2546 link2547 link2548 link2549 link2550 link2551 link2552 link2553 link2554 link2555 link2556 link2557 link2558 link2559 link2560 link2561 link2562 link2563 link2564 link2565 link2566 link2567 link2568 link2569 link2570 link2571 link2572 link2573 link2574 link2575 link2576 link2577 link2578 link2579 link2580 link2581 link2582 link2583 link2584 link2585 link2586 link2587 link2588 link2589 link2590 link2591 link2592 link2593 link2594 link2595 link2596 link2597 link2598 link2599 link2600 link2601 link2602 link2603 link2604 link2605 link2606 link2607 link2608 link2609 link2610 link2611 link2612 link2613 link2614 link2615 link2616 link2617 link2618 link2619 link2620 link2621 link2622 link2623 link2624 link2625 link2626 link2627 link2628 link2629 link2630 link2631 link2632 link2633 link2634 link2635 link2636 link2637 link2638 link2639 link2640 link2641 link2642 link2643 link2644 link2645

Tag: information

Your Example Lasts for a Lifetime

Moms and dads, don’t underestimate the impact you have upon your children!

Written by Luis Palau
Tags: Family, Fathers, God, Jesus, Mothers
"Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it" (Proverbs 22:6).

People always say children learn by example. I know that was true in my own life.

My dad was a consistent man; the same person at home as he was at church. He rose early on cold winter mornings in Argentina to start a wood fire in the stove. I should have been sleeping, but often I sneaked out of bed just to watch him putter around the house.

If I watched long enough, I might see him go into his office—a little study he built on one side of the house—and kneel alone. Wrapped in a blanket or poncho, he would read the Bible and pray before going out to work. Though I was not even eight years old yet, I would steal back to my bed, feeling warm and grateful that I had a good dad.

Daily Bible Reading
One day Dad told me he read a chapter from Proverbs every day, since it has 31 chapters and most months have 31 days. That has stuck with me all my life, and I still practice it. In spite of all the other Bible studying and reading I do, I try to start the day with my chapter from Proverbs. And I have learned to do it on my knees.

I don’t want to be legalistic about it, but there’s nothing like studying the Word of God and praying on your knees. I have never shaken the habit of spreading my Bible and study materials out on the bed and kneeling to read and pray. It sure keeps your heart and mind in the right attitude.

An Example Even in Death
My dad died when I was only 10 years old. The way he died impacted me as much as the way he had lived. Though I wasn’t there during my dad’s illness or last moments on earth, my mom later told me what had happened.

“Papito began to sing,” she said, “‘Bright crowns up there, bright crowns for you and me. Then the palm of victory, the palm of victory.’ He sang it three times, all the while clapping in time, as you children did when you sang it in Sunday school. Then, when Papito could no longer hold up his head, he fell back on the pillow and said, “I’m going to be with Jesus, which is far better.” Two hours later he had died.

As I grew and my evangelistic fervor grew, I knew God was calling me to tell entire cities about His love and forgiveness for them. I don’t want anyone to die without the joy my father had found in the Lord!

What About You?
Moms and dads, don’t underestimate the impact you have upon your children! I could give you example after example of how my father influenced me in the 10 years I had with him. I could tell you of the spankings I rightly deserved, of the bills Dad always paid on time, of the chapel he helped pay for, supervise, and build, of the times I sat in that chapel with my parents and sisters, receiving the Lord’s Supper. My father’s legacy to me came not only through his discipline, but also through his example. And that legacy’s impact is multiplied every time I get to tell another person about Jesus Christ.

Are you a mother or a father? Parenting is hard! It's important to have support as you parent your children.

Alan Zibluk Markethive Founding Member