Friday, January 2, 2009

Be Careful Little Feet


"Be careful little eyes what you see
It's the second glance that ties your hands as darkness pulls the strings
Be careful little feet where you go
For it's the little feet behind you that are sure to follow"

The other night I was sitting and working on making cards when Emily went and grabbed a bunch of craft supplies and sat at the table and started making a card too. She loves to follow in my steps and do what I do. If I craft, she wants to do it too. When I cook, she wants to help. If I have a snack, she wants one. It reminded me of how often my children watch me and emulate what I do.

"Be careful little ears what you hear
When flattery leads to compromise, the end is always near
Be careful little lips what you say
For empty words and promises lead broken hearts astray"

However, they also mimic my words and attitudes. I have cringed many times to hear harsh words coming out of their mouths to each other, only to realize that they've heard that from me. Many times one of my children has had a bad attitude towards someone or a task, and I recognize the same attitude in myself. I've seen my children question me over and over about something I've promised because they are not sure I won't change my mind.

"It's a slow fade when you give yourself away
It's a slow fade when black and white have turned to gray
Thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid
When you give yourself away
People never crumble in a day
Daddies never crumble in a day
Families never crumble in a day"

I find it amazing how the Lord uses our children to often point out our weaknesses. Many times we don't even notice how we've stumbled or fallen into sin, until we see that same sin in our children's lives. The words to the Casting Crowns song, Slow Fade, that I've posted here are a good reminder. By the way, if you want to hear the song, it's on my playlist at the bottom of the page.

As parents, we need to be careful. We have little hands, feet, and eyes following and watching us. What kind of example are we setting? What will they see or hear when they watch us? When we mess up, we pay the price but an unforseen price is the example we set for our children.

We need to live our lives in such a way that we make each moment count. Families don't fall apart because of one small mistake. However, add up all of those mistakes and it becomes a mountain!

Let's live our lives deliberately. In 2009 I want to choose my words, actions, attitudes and thoughts wisely. I want to live in such a way that when my children look back, they will see the example I set and call me blessed. I don't want them to look back and see all the mistakes I made.

This is probably sounding like a downer of a post but I've been mulling these thoughts over the past few days and wanted to share them.

Let's not forget the most important part of this song:

"Oh be careful little eyes what see
Oh be careful little eyes what you see
For the Father up above is looking down in love
Oh be careful little eyes what you see"