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Impressions on Your Children

Joel 1:3 Tell ye your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation.

The multiplication Principal always amazes me. Whether the reason for that is my excitement for math or my excitement to see the Truth of God spread throughout the globe, the premise remains the same. The impact, influence, or impression of one human being can reach entire families, entire churches or schools, and even entire nations.

The prophet, Joel, in this passage of Scripture is speaking God's Words of forgiveness and restoration to the plague-ravaged people of Israel. He urges them to turn to the Lord and tells of the merciful blessings that God promises to pour out on them if they only will. I want to examine applying this verse to our lives today in discussing what we are passing on to our children. I have heard it said: "The me I'll be is the me I see" and where I will see it is in my children. I have been amazed over the years (and my oldest is only 4) to see my children struggling in a certain area and I am able to pinpoint an apathy or lack of effort in that same area on my part (I will only say on my part because my wife does no wrong..yes, we are still in the honeymoon phase).

I remember being told by a few wiser and older saints through the years that God will greatly challenge and grow you through your own children. I have seen this prove true and want to challenge you to not only see the poor choices of your children (or students) as opportunities to train and teach them, but also as opportunities to self-evaluate and determine what kind of example you are being in that area.

By Michael Stewart

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