Posted by: Cathi Brese Doebler | July 13, 2015

Smart Things My Parents Did – Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Today’s post is part of the “Smart Things My Parents Did” blog series.

When I think back to the days my parents raised me, I can think of many smart things they did. Many of the smart things they did kept leading me back to the same concept – they demonstrated the very behavior they wanted and expected from us.

For example, my parents both made it clear that they loved spending time with us kids and they loved spending time with each other. We had regular family time together, the occasional family meetings to talk about bigger issues coming up for our family, did vacations together, and my parents made time to go on dates. They didn’t just say, “we like to spend time with you”, they showed us through their actions and daily choices.

Here are a few things my parents showed through their behavior…they showed that it is important to:

  • Pray – we need God every moment of every day.
  • Do the right thing, even when it is hard to do.
  • Learn to wait.
  • Manage your money carefully, and give some of your money back to God – after all, He’s the one who blessed you with it!
  • Continue learning your whole life through.
  • Be respectful of others.
  • And more…

My parents showed us that they loved us and respected us. They used words and advice that was based on God’s Word, which made it truthful. They taught us that we mattered to them and we mattered to God. This wasn’t done through one simple speech or one big moment. It was done through many tiny conversations, many loving hugs, many moments of guidance. It took time. It took patience. It took a dependence on God and His wisdom (especially when we were teenagers!)

Thanks, Mom and Dad, for being so wise and for teaching us to love an even wiser God.

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