“Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.” – Proverbs 22:6

So you have to insert a “she” in place of the “he” in the verse but there is no clearer example of this truth than in my mother’s dedication and discipline, in seeking to know God more.

photo (1)Taking notes is something my mom has done in church consistently for as long as I can remember. She has binders full of notes taken diligently through sermon after sermon. I remember noticing my sister Grace (the oldest of my younger sisters) taking notes regularly a number of years ago, it wasn’t long after Grace that Hannah (my second youngest sister) followed in the same way.

It was around 6 weeks ago that I looked over and saw, now Abigail, my youngest sister and the baby of our family has joined the ranks of Macias women who take regular notes during Sunday sermons.

I don’t want to take too long to list all of the advantages to taking notes during Sunday sermons, I think we all know how much more you can learn when you are forcing yourself to concentrate through the entirety of the 45 minutes your pastor is talking. How much more you retain when you are listening, and recording the truth being preached.

I can actually remember my sister Hannah taking notes before she actually knew how to spell the books of the bible. She was constantly whispering in my ear, asking for me to spell out “Ephesians” or some other word the pastor had used.photo

I can’t make a definite judgement on any my 3 sisters hearts or motivation. But I can say that the Lord is working in all of their lives and that, thanks to the example that my mother has been, they often can be found jotting down every point made by our pastor.

I don’t think parents realize how much their children pay close attention to their actions. Don’t get me wrong, all of my siblings and I have had times in our lives we weren’t as close to my parents as we are today, but the beautiful reality is that Hannah and Abigail’s level of contentment regarding the parental decisions of my mom in any given week don’t seem to stop them from mirroring her practices on Sunday mornings.

In politics “public education” is always at the forefront of discussions and concern in the minds of voters. You can talk about reforms all you want, but there is never going to be a way for the state to replace parental involvement, the single largest factor in a child’s educational success. When we talk about the need for parental involvement in education, it’s due to an inherent reflection children will have, based on the actions of their parents. It’s not about the fact that a child can never break from their parents actions, but a reality that it will always be part of who they are, and who they reflect.

Whether we want to or not, certain things from our parents cannot be shaken. It’s up to them as to what those things might be. How blessed I am to have been gifted parents who are such positive examples.

“Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.” – Robert Fulghum