I certainly don’t remember being three years old. At the time my father was serving in the U.S. Army in Oklahoma. I’m told we attended church regularly and that my dad was a Sunday school teacher. Well one evening my parents invited the pastor of the church over for dinner. My dad went to pick him up and bring him to the house. He took me with him. Now this was before seat belts and I was standing between my father and the pastor in the front seat. All of a sudden, a car jumped out from a side street and almost hit us. My father swerved to miss him. I yelled out, “Son of a B_____.”
Now obviously I didn’t know what that meant at 3 years of age. But, yes I had heard it before. It was actually one of my dad’s favorite curse words. I remember hearing it later as I grew up. Well, needless to say, my dad was embarrassed. I’m not sure what the pastor thought.
Parents be careful what you say. You may not think you’re being listened to, but you are. Make sure it’s something you wouldn’t mind having repeated. Parents be careful what you do because your children are watching you. Check out this video (here) on the subject by Veracity Project.
Philippians 3:17 (NIV) Join with others in following my example, brothers, and take note of those who live according to the pattern we gave you.
Let’s make sure that pattern is a good and godly one.