A Parent's Life is a Child's Instruction Manual

By: Lee Larsen

My church sign saying of the day is: "A parent’s life is a child’s instruction manual.” I don't think that many people realize the magnitude of this statement. It must be critical because God has a lot to say about it!

One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts.
— Pslam 145:4
Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
— Ephesians 6:4
Tell your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children to another generation.
— Joel 1:3

It is truly shocking to see how far we have drifted from God’s word in just one generation. When you combine the teaching of evolution in our schools, the sexual revolution, the rebellion against authority, violence and sin embraced by the media, and a possession-driven lifestyle, a “perfect storm" is created.

We need to slow down and return to the values that God desires for us. We need to emphasize our love for one another rather than having a “what’s in it for me” attitude. We need to value life for what it truly is - a precious gift from God. There is an enormous price to pay both spiritually and economically for the direction we have chosen. It is time to seek God and the path that leads us home to Him.

Begin today by taking time to show love and kindness to those close to you as well as to the new people that you meet. Allow God to change you  and change the world through you.


Lee Larsen is the Ministry Coordinator at Acts 1:8 Ministry®. Lee's strongest and most personal blessing comes from the many “God Moments” that are created through Acts 1:8 Ministry's Christian Kindness outreach; a vivid reminder that our Lord and Savior is right beside us. Learn more about Christian Kindness.