Little eyes. Big influence.

A couple of Sundays ago, my husband and I were standing and singing in church with other people who lined the pews. In front of us stood a young couple with two small boys.

As we came to the chorus of one of the songs, the dad raised his left hand upward in worship, as he held his youngest son (about 2 years of age) in his other arm. To his right, his wife stood with their oldest boy (about 3 years old) in her arms.

When the little 3-year-old saw his dad raise his hand, he paused then raised his own little arm and kept it there as he continued watching his dad whose arm also stayed raised. The little boy didn’t sing. He simply kept his eyes on his dad and did exactly what he saw him doing while we all sang:

Our God is greater, our God is stronger, God you are higher than any other.
Our God is Healer, Awesome in Power, Our God! Our God!

I was so taken by this wonderful real-life illustration of how we influence our children. Of how we mentor them through our actions. I don’t even know if the dad realized his young son was watching and copying him. Words were not exchanged between them, yet the dad was modeling worship. He was teaching by his actions. He was mentoring his young son.

How are you mentoring others through your actions? No matter how old your children are, what do they (or others) see when they watch you?