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Author: Luke Anderson
What do you want to be when you grow up?
We are often asked this when we are young, and often times I’m sure you answered, “I want to be like my dad!”
We all look up to our parents, or someone in our lives that is older than us. That is why one of our church mottos is “1 Older” You are being looked up to, parents! We want to be like you.
In the song “Watching You” by Rodney Adkins this phrase comes to life.
Adkins describes a son who copies the things his dad does, both good and bad. When the son is asked where he learned to act like that, the son replies:
He said, “I’ve been watching you, dad. Ain’t that cool?
I’m your buckaroo, I wanna be like you.
And eat all my food and grow as tall as you are.
We got cowboy boots and camo pants.
Yeah, we’re just alike. Hey, ain’t we, dad?
I wanna do everything you do.
So I’ve been watching you.”
I love this song because it is true to me, I want to be like my dad. Things that he does I wish I could do. One day I will grow up and will raise my kids the way he raised me.
Little kids look up, both physically and in life problems. The son looks up to his dad. “I want to be just like you.” “I’ve been watching you.”
To everyone out there, someone is looking up to you! That might be a kid at school, or your child, or your nephew, or someone you met at church, but someone is watching what you do. If you are doing something wrong then they will do that. If it is something right, then they will do that, too.
Proverbs 20:7 says “Children are fortunate if they have a father who is honest and does what is right.” (GNB)
We are fortunate to have you and if you are making a bad decision, we will probably make it too. The Bible talks about raising your kids up in what is right and that is very true because we do look up to you.
Do what is right in the eyes of the LORD, because if you do it, chances are some one else will follow in your footsteps.
I invite you to teach your kids in what is right because it will be passed on to future generations and if you were not raised right, then I invite you to change that. There is still time to teach your kids and raise them up in honest and right things.