Monday, July 03, 2006

Set the Example

I find myself repeating that to the children over and over in the last few days. When we can't find the words to explain something, showing often does the trick.

I wondered how we would explain to Kristina God's particular love for her. How would we share with her God's faithfulness (Deuteronomy 31:8 - The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.) and his boundless love (Psalm 136:2 - Give thanks to the God of gods. His love endures forever.)? Although she speaks Russian and we speak English, we have found that the spirit speaks another language altogether. The witness of the transformed life points to its transformer. Words are not the only means of communication. It has been a tremendous lesson for all of us. The children have been reminded that what they do often sends a louder message than what they say. I have learned that my role as tutor of my childrens' hearts is an assignment that I will teach by example in and out of the home.

Why did the writer of Titus (2:4) find it necessary to exhort women to love their husbands and their children? Doesn't that go without saying? But once again, I am reminded that the writer is not speaking of a passive love, but a dynamic love required of a woman of strength and conviction. I am striving to be that woman; to set the example for those God has entrusted to me.

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