We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done.
Psalm 78:4, ESV
Young children love collecting coins to fill their piggy banks. They dream of candy and toys as they listen to the clang of carefully dropped coins into bright colored ceramic. Meanwhile, hidden from view, children have a far more important collection growing inside of them: their memories.
Little eyes watch: processing and making sense of the world one moment at a time. Parents do their best to direct their children, creatively using everything at their disposal. In the bustle of life it is easy to forget the most impactful tool available: who we are and who we are becoming.
Whether we are influencing children, friends, or coworkers, who we are speaks the loudest. I can say something is important to me, but do my actions and life agree? Integrity is when a person’s words, actions, and values are aligned. The best way to become a leader worth following is to follow God, allowing Him to transform and direct us. He has infinite wisdom. As we attune and surrender ourselves to God, we grow in our ability to trust Him with ourselves and the ones we love.
Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.
Charles R. Swindoll
1 Samuel 28 – 31