Twice in the last month I've caught my son Jacob in the act of praying. The first time was at our father and sons camp-out. The second time was when I accidently barged into his bedroom at home. Both times I caught him, he was kneeling next to his bed solemnly busy communicating to our Heavenly Father.
I suspect Jake has no idea what kind of teacher and/or influence he has over his father.
Turning away from Jake on both occasions I was penetrated by this thought: "Got Faith?"
I reflected on my own faith and spirituality and realized that I could be much closer to Heavenly Father. I could pray more fervently, more sincerely, more formally and more often.
Both instances made me realize that the real teachers in the world, like Jake, live by example. As it turns out, the example of others is my preferred way of learning.
When I watch others whom I admire, it isn't long before something inside me says, "You should strive to be like that." As I listen, and try to improve, I feel comfort; then the same voice says, "Nice. Keep up the good work."
All because of example.
Here's to you!
(Scoutmaster: Travis Smart, Varsity coach: Travis Hatch and 1st Class Scout: Jacob Hope)
We went to Jake's court of honor last night where he received his 1st Class advancement in Scouting.
Jake at the father and sons camp-out
Jake with his biggest fan