A Living Example

Where is the Christian mother who doesn’t desire to see her children “run” after the Lord? Surely “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth” (3 John 4). But what is the prerequisite? “Draw me.” I must beseech the Lord to draw me personally; and as I am drawn and “run” after Him myself, I will find my children running with me! Children are great imitators, and they learn what we live before them. It has been said, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” How much more a living picture, a life lived in communion with the Lord, will cause our children to want to “run” with us. An old brother often said, “There is no substitute for communion.” Our arch-enemy will do all he can to keep us from this. “I’m so tired!” “I have so much to do!” But as my children see me running after the Lord, drawn in personal communion, showing what I value most, they will want to run with me. It has also been said, “The measure of our witness and testimony to others is our own enjoyment of the Lord.” Our children will know better than anyone whether we are enjoying the Lord.