Ev­ery move we make

The Covington News - - Religion -

It’s of­fi­cial. Mud­sling­ing sea­son is wind­ing down to a close. Dur­ing the next few days, emo­tions will run high, opin­ions will be shared and votes will be tal­lied. Don’t make a mis­take. Our chil­dren are watch­ing us. I know, it doesn’t seem pos­si­ble that our own kids can com­pre­hend com­plex is­sues in­volved in na­tional and lo­cal elec­tions. They prob­a­bly don’t.

But, one of the perks of teach­ing five year olds is that I get to en­joy hear­ing some of the most adorable, creative, un­in­hib­ited at­ti­tudes. Most of the time, when kinder­gart­ners are talk­ing about the elec­tions, they mimic the adults that they have heard. Some­times, they even sound like ra­dio or tele­vi­sion com­mer­cials.

The bot­tom line is that they are learn­ing about our own per­cep­tions of truth. Chil­dren are not pay­ing as much at­ten­tion to what we say as much as what we do. They are con­stantly looking for our ac­tions to match our words. This is a hard chal­lenge to meet. Re­gard­less of how well we reach any at­tempts to be good ex­am­ples, they base their pri­mary opin­ions on what they see.

“Let us not love with words or tongue but with ac­tions and in truth. This then is how we know that we be­long to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest in his pres­ence,” (1 John 3: 18-19 NIV).

Have I sought God’s guid­ance as I pre­pared to vote? Have I shown re­spect when dis­cus­sions re­vealed that I dis­agreed with some­one? Did I re­ally lis­ten? Have I al­lowed the elec­tion to sep­a­rate me from oth­ers? If I have, how can I help heal this wound? Will I be a good wit­ness when the re­sults are an­nounced? Prayer starter

Dear Lord, please lead us in your truth, your life, your way. Help us to be­come more like you. Show us how to work to­gether. Thank you for the priv­i­lege of wit­ness­ing your love. Amen.

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