“Watch Me”? – Stay Sharp
Key Bible Verse: So I ask you to follow my example and do as I do. – 1 Corinthians 4:16
Bonus Reading: 1 Corinthians 4:14-17
In the dead of winter, while his fields slept, Monroe Dourte built things. I remember standing in my grandpa’s workshop as a nine-year-old boy, warming my backside at a little cast iron stove. I marveled at his meticulous craftsmanship, especially since he’d lost the fingers of his left hand in a corn shredder 40 years before. I treasured my time with him because of his quick wit and light heart. Most of all, I admired his unwavering love for God. The perpetual humming of old hymns, his spontaneous recall of psalms and poems, and the twinkle in his eye gave this impressionable youngster the idea that hard work and attention to detail were the marks of a great man.
On one of these early-morning vigils in his workshop, Grandpa Dourte showed me his tools. Pulling each from its assigned place, he told me what it was for.
“Wow!” I said, after touching one of the sharp knives, “isn’t this dangerous?”
“No, Bobby,” he explained, “sharp is what they’re supposed to be. Nothing is more dangerous than a dull knife.”
On the point is where you and I are supposed to be with our children. Nothing is more dangerous for a child than a dad who refuses to do what he’s been called to do—be a leader.
—Robert Wolgemuth in Daddy@Work
My Response: How am I proactively modeling scriptural values to the next generation?
Thought to Apply: Precept guides, but example draws. —Proverb
Adapted from Daddy@Work (Zondervan, 1999)