Berry Chapel Baptist Church

 Dad’s, Do You Want Your Kids to Be Just Like You?

By Pastor Steve Williams

Mitchell County

A few days ago, a good friend of mine named Rocky Buchanan, in my church introduced me to a song and a video by Country singer Rodney Adkins which is several years old. Now before you turn off what I’m fixing to share because you say I only listen to Christian Music, I challenge you to read the rest of the article, because I believe you will be blessed as I was blessed by listening to the song.

I want all dads to think on this question, because this month is Father’s Day, — “Do You Want Your Kids to Be Just Like You?” That is a tuff question to answer. Reason being, I had a tuff time answering it myself. Many times, as dad’s we fail to remember that little eyes and ears are watching and listening to our every word and watching our every move. Thank about it friend, have you ever been somewhere and your child said or did something that they saw you do or heard you say? Now I know they pick up things at school and in the world, but dad’s I’m talking about you. See dads, we should be the Greatest Example to our kids, we can be. Reason being, we only have one chance to do the job, and God has given us that al-some responsibility. I want you to read the words of this song and see if it doesn’t make you think. You can also see it on You Tube video “Watching You Rodney Adkins”

 

                   “WATCHING YOU”    

                      By Rodney Adkins                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Driving through town, just my boy and myself
With a happy meal in his booster seat
Knowing that he couldn’t have the toy
Till his nuggets were gone.
A green traffic light turned straight to red
I hit my brakes and mumbled under my breath
As fries went a flying and his orange drink covered his lap
Well, then my four year old said a four letter word
That started with “s, ” and I was concerned
So I said, “Son, now where did you learn to talk like that?”

He said, “I’ve been watching you, dad, ain’t that cool?
I’m your buckaroo, I wanna be like you
And eat all my food, and grow as tall as you are
We got cowboy boots and camo pants
Yeah, we’re just alike, hey, ain’t we dad?
I wanna do everything you do
So I’ve been watching you.”

We got back home, and I went to the barn
I bowed my head, and I prayed real hard
Said, “Lord, please help me help my stupid self.”
Then this side of bedtime later that night
Turning on my son’s Scooby Doo night light
He crawled out of bed, and he got down on his knees
He closed his little eyes, folded his little hands
And spoke to God like he was talking to a friend
And I said, “Son, now where’d you learn to pray like that?”

He said, “I’ve been watching you, dad, ain’t that cool?
I’m your buckaroo, I wanna be like you
And eat all my food, and grow as tall as you are
We like fixing things and holding mama’s hand
Yeah, we’re just alike, hey, ain’t we, dad?
I wanna do everything you do
So I’ve been watching you.”

With tears in my eyes, I wrapped him in a hug
Said, “My little bear is growing up.”
He said, “But when I’m big, I’ll still know what to do.”

“‘Cause I’ve been watching you, dad, ain’t that cool?
I’m your buckaroo, I wanna be like you
And eat all my food, and grow as tall as you are
Then I’ll be as strong as Superman
We’ll be just alike, hey, won’t we, dad?                                                                                                                                                        When I can do everything you do
‘Cause I’ve been watching you.”

     I know little to nothing about this song writer, I’m not lifting him up, but the Words of his song. See the words to the song touched me and brought me back to a passage in God’s Word. See, these words also touch me, Proverbs 22:6 6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. If you were to look up train in the dictionary you would find it to be described as something like this: Training is to prepare for a contest, to instruct by exercise, to drill, to form to a proper shape, to discipline for use. Now, dads that’s what God wants us to do with our children. We are to train them by example. You don’t teach great athletes to be great, you train them to be great… The Bible does not say Teach your children, though you ought to, it says to Train them. Do you have them in church? Do you have them in Sunday School? Do you have them in Youth Group? How are you training them dad? Do you want your kid to be just like you?

 

Steve Williams is the Pastor of Berry Chapel Baptist Church in Spruce Pine.