Posted by: David D. Daggett | April 4, 2011

Monkey See Monkey Do

Monkey See Monkey Do     

       There is an old saying that there are only three ways to teach a child – by example, by example, and by example. Perhaps that applies to all of us, and applies to all important aspects of our lives.

Monkey See Monkey Do

        This past Sunday at church the title of the sermon was “Stages of Life: Childhood”. As part of the sermon, Pastor Green said if there is one most important rule to remember in raising your children it is “monkey see monkey do”. In fact, he had the congregation repeat that back to him three times out loud.

       The sermon message struck me in part because it came on our daughter’s twelfth birthday, and because it is something I fundamentally believe in, although many times falling short. Perhaps being a good example is the best and most important method to equip the next generation for success. So, let’s look at a few factors that are part of being a good example.

       Being a good example takes time. It takes time to hear, to train, and to study. Moreover, the investment of time shows a level of caring that helps all other messages and learning be accepted and sink in. This time investment yields great future returns.

      Being a good example takes execution. The single-most important first step in accomplishing any goal is action. Positive results-oriented action toward a goal is an example of how to execute our training, talents, and knowledge toward a result.

       We should not only have but be an example, we also need to find others who are positive examples for us. It is important for each of us to have mentors in all important areas of our lives – family, professional, spiritual, and physical mentors. Mentors teach us not only how to do, but also teach us important character traits like faith, character, and honor. They help us set standards to live by that makes life richer and fuller. Likewise, we are then better equipped to be an example to pass these traits along to others.

      Lastly, as Pastor Green implored, never give up, never give up, never give up! The development of a child, like the development for all of us, is a continuing work in progress. There will be challenges, obstacles, and detractors. Through it all we must persevere, and never give up.

By example,



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