We have a little joke at our house that is based on what I think is a pretty solid parenting truism – “They only do what they see their parents doing.”
When Molly loses her temper, I’ll tease – “She only does what she sees her mom doing.”
When Anne forgets her library card for the 1,000th time – “She only does what she sees her dad doing.”
When Nathan burps at the dinner table – “He only does what he sees his dad doing.”
Yeah, it rarely goes over very well. But unfortunately (or is it fortunate?), it is pretty true. At least it was for Moses.
Look at what Moses’ parents did in Hebrews 11:23 – “By faith, Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw that he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.”
Compare that with how Moses acts in Hebrews 11:27 – “By faith, he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible.”
Did you catch the two similarities? (I bolded them, so I sure hope you did!) #1 – Moses’ parents saw things from God’s perspective; they saw something others might have missed. Moses learned to see things that were invisible! #2 – Moses’ parents weren’t afraid of a king because they knew The King had other plans. Moses learned to follow The King, fearless of whatever a king felt.
What will your kids do some day because they see it in you today? Is that fortunate or unfortunate? The answer is up to you!