Parenthood can seem to be an endless maze of ups and downs, installing morals, praying they sink in. The truth is, actions speak louder than words, raising a child to make the right decisions comes from a life of watching the example set before them by their parents. Little eyes are always watching, waiting to see how you respond to each and every challenge you as the parent face and how you handle it. Do you crumble, try to take things into your own power, or do you trust in the Lord? Are you a person of honesty and integrity, choosing to do what is right above what is easy? Are you serving yourself or God? Is God first in your life, followed closely by your spouse and children? Children need more than an occasional pep talk on how they should behave or speak or treat others, as well as lectures about God. They need a lifetime of the right examples and encouragement, as well as being taught what it means to have a personal relationship with Christ on a daily basis, church on Sunday doesn’t cut it, it has to be reinforced in the home each and every day. Led by example, they need to learn how to hear God’s voice and distinguish it from their own, so as the mature and face hardships and challenges of their own, they can differentiate their own fleshy desires over God’s will. It takes time, it takes energy, and above all it takes selflessness. As parents, this is what we are called to do, Proverbs 22:6 Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.