“Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is One. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
Not giving children a moral compass could lead to a chaos. However, teaching apart from example also leads to tragedy.
This is not an argument for perfection rather its an argument for integrity.
As you grow, your life should reflect your stated beliefs and convictions more closely. Your children should be able to witness that growth and respect you for it.
Life is now and always has been an unmastered process. Talk to your children about the process so they will not be discouraged nor disappointed with your journey or there own.
There I was, looking downward, my feet barely clinging to the edge of the cliff. Earlier that morning my platoon sergeant had announced that our squad would lead the commando repelling exercise. Before I knew it, I had volunteered to go first, although I hadn’t the slightest idea what commando repelling was. After all the demonstrations, getting geared up, it was time. And there I stood looking face first into the space leading to the bottom of the cliff.
My knees buckled, my confidence eroded, and my heart beat rapidly. For a split second, I decided to turn around, to wait and go next. But before I could act on that impulse, I heard my platoon sergeant below. “Don’t you dare change your mind,” he shouted.
Startled, I grabbed the rope, and ran down the side of the cliff. I made it; the adrenaline rush was huge. My self-confidence level soared. Those soldiers for whom I was squad leader applauded my success and in succession followed my lead. This exercise cemented my role as their leader; they trusted me.
When faced with doing the unfamiliar or uncomfortable, lead. You’re ready for the challenge. “Don’t You Dare Change Your Mind, ” he said. He knew what was at stake and I now so do I.