Saturday, April 18, 2015

The Lesson on Praticing What You Preach

And here we come to one of the hardest lessons I have yet to learn!! Do you know what I mean? Practice what You Preach!


We should always do this. But we don't. Or at least I don't. And my kiddos really like to point this out to me when they catch me at it. Like when I tell them that they are watching too much TV. And then I spend all day watching TV. Or when I tell them that it isn't very 'Christ-like' to gossip and then I talk about how heavy the neighbor is getting. Yep. I hate it when they catch me at what I am trying to teach them.

I think that Practicing  What your are Preaching is the hardest lesson to teach too!

I have had Darian tell me when I am talking to him about lying: "You mean like when you lied to us about Santa Claus?" or "you mean like when you told me to tell the person on the phone that you weren't home?" See we have to be careful what message we are sending to them. They absorb it all. And have no problem at all spitting it back at you one day!

Now if you will excuse me I have to put this candy bar down, get out of my chair, grab the kids by their hands, and go for a walk. And Practice What I Preach!!


How about you....do you practice what you preach??

Have you been caught not practicing what you preach?

24 comments:

  1. No way! LOL. I'm great at spewing advice but following it too?

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    1. I am the same way! I have to watch out what I preach!

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  2. I do practice what I preach, but this is not to claim that I am perfect. I'm not. I just try not to preach about much. The most important lessons I learned from my folks were not from any preaching, but from observing their consistent examples.

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    1. If I stop preaching then I might not get into so much trouble!

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  3. Guilty as charged! :) The first thing that came to my mind was forgiveness:
    Without getting too personal, I've a family member who's refused to forgive another going on 20 years now. I've asked this person to try and forgive, to no avail.
    Unfortunately, I can think of at least 2 individuals who I can't fathom ever forgiving. What a shame they probably don't even know it. LOL!

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    1. I'm guilty too Myra! And I have spewed my share of advice about forgiveness but I am not so hot at forgiving

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  4. On the grander scale, outside, in the world, I do a fairly decent job of practicing what I preach. It's at home with the ones nearest and dearest to us that it is the hardest. I think because at home we relax, we let our guards down, we want to just be ourselves and be accepted.
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    1. It's at home where I have a problem!

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  5. I catch myself-lol I have no children except the furry kind which works since they can't tell me that I don't practise what I preach so I try very hard not to preach:)

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    1. It would be so much easier for me to practice what I preach in front of furry children!

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  6. The kids do have a way of keeping us on our toes, don't they? I am guilty as charged of sometimes saying one thing not to do and then doing the same thing myself :) I guess that's what makes us humans :)

    betty

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    1. Yes, those darn kids have to remind me of all of my faults. LOL

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  7. LOL I always told my kids "Do as I say not as I do".

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  8. Hi Paula - definitely not always .. and it's so frustrating when the kids come winging back at you ... with you do that ... ah well ... I don't even have kids - but can so easily get caught out! Cheers and I sure hope you enjoyed that walk ... Hilary

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    1. Yes, Hillary, kids have a way of winging it back to me!

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  9. Very hard one to live all the time! We preach because we know what is best for our kids. But what we preach and then practice for ourselves is sometimes a whole different can of worms, possibly because we don't love ourselves as much as we love our kids?

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    1. That is right Gal! I have to teach them first what is right and then they must do it while I practice LOL

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  10. HAHA- I was going to make the same comment that Wendy said above. My Mom always said that! She was a wild child and didn't mind her parents ( my grandparents very well). She knew I could always say that she didn't mind so that's when she said do as I say- not as I do. I believe this goes along with marriage as well. We cant expect something from our spouse if we aren't willing to do the same. Great post!

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    1. When we started to hear the stories of my mom and her growing up years is when she started saying that to us too! Funny! I say it to my grandkids now!

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  11. Oh boy, my kids just love catching me when I don't do what I try and teach them to do. It is good though too, it teaches them that parents are human too, and make mistakes just like they can. And helps us to toe the line!

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