Only be careful and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them - Deuteronomy 4:9 NIV
Trey (my oldest son) was getting ready for school and had finished brushing his teeth and was heading downstairs to get his backpack and shoes so that he could catch the bus. As he walked by me, I caught a familiar smell of cologne. I asked him where did he get it from and he replied from the cabinet in our master bedroom. I told him that the cologne that he was wearing was from Papa's collection. Papa was my father and of course, Trey's grandfather. Papa is no longer here, having passed away almost 9 years ago. When I informed him of the fragrance that he was wearing, he looked back at me with the biggest smile and stated, "I knew I remembered that smell, Papa smelled liked that all the time!"
Men, I have to ask you, are we leaving behind a trail of memories that will being a smile to the faces to those that we encounter on a consistent basis like Trey exhibited that morning? Will those in our families and circle of influence look at the behavior that we model and be encouraged and motivated enough to model that same behavior to others? I often tell my friends that they are not only having an effect on their children with the lessons that they try to teach, they are also impacting the next generation of children that are not born. This is what the verse in Deuteronomy is referencing. It is emphasizing the importance and the moral obligation that we have to teach our children the proper way to follow God's statutes and serve Him in a reverent fashion. The scripture further instructs that we are not to teach just our children, but also the next generation as well. How to do we do that? First and foremost, in starts with having a solid foundation with your children. Secondly, we have to be intentional in setting aside time to provide instruction for our children. The last and most important thing is ensuring that you are modeling the appropriate behavior that you are trying to teach. That in and of itself will go a long way to making your lessons more effective and increase the possibility that they will pass those lessons down to the next generation.
Ken Sadler is a leader of Men's Ministry at a megachurch and has a heart and passion for helping men become the best they can be.