Thursday, September 18, 2008

Singing Angel

I have a little 5-year-old daughter, Angel, who's close to me and has blessed me with her singing this week. After going to church Sunday School, we went home and there she sang "Holy is the Lord, God Almighty" with much joy and dancing. She "copied" it from her teachers and adult mentors in the Sunday School and brought it before us at home! The power of influence, the power of example of godly adults to the heart of an innocent child.

But my Angel is not always like that for she has other models like me her Dad, her Mom, her "ate," her "kuya," her teachers in school, all those around her where messages she receives can be mixed! ... It gets me to reflect on me as her Dad (and also her Mom) as we set a pattern for her who is watching us. Many times, little children like Angel as well as other young people will look at us and say, "If that's the way they act, that gives me an excuse to act the same way."

I imagine, if I do something bad (say, lie, steal, or commit immorality), I actually not only hurt my self but I am also hurting my little Angel and my other two children, other people, and the next generations! Exodus 20 applies, "punishing the children for the sins of the parents up to the fourth generation!"

"Lord Jesus, I ask for your forgiveness for times when I hurt my little Angel and my other two children with my example. My thinking gets skewed and I can't see the whole picture at times. Help me always to see my situation based on Your perspective. Thank you Lord for your strength and grace!" Amen.

"The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it? I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind, even to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings" (Jeremiah 17:9-10 NKJV).

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