I remember the day many years ago when my oldest daughter came home from church and began singing a song I knew I had not taught her. I was struck with the idea that I was no longer my daughter’s world. I was no longer her only influence. Luckily, she’s had many wonderful teachers over the years who have reinforced the things that I’ve tried to teach her.
I loved this example of one of those situations in Genny’s post on our sister site, 5 Minutes for Faith, this week:
If We Are Just One, We Can Break
A few years ago, when my kids and I were out driving and had time in the car, I decided it would be good to review some safety rules with them.
It had been a while since I’d done this and I wanted to talk to them about what to do in different situations.
When I’d done this before, I’d usually ask them a question like, “What would you do if a stranger asked you to go with him or her?” and after they’d answer, we’d talk about it.
This time, as I began talking to them about the importance of sticking together in crowded places like the movie theater or the mall, my daughter chimed in from the back seat…
“Yeah, because if we are just one, we can really break, but if we’re together, it’s not so easy.”
I smiled and looked in the rear view mirror. “Where’d you learn that?”
She smiled proudly. “At church.”
Original photo by Lolli.