Yes, we should be giving lots of verbal instruction all the time. However let’s not forget the pecking order of impact. The picture below spells it out perfectly.
Today’s message is a very quick and simple one. Our actions speak much louder than our words. Of course we should relay lots of verbal instruction. Words are important. They are powerful. We should use them intentionally and wisely. However, people will watch our actions to see if our words are trustworthy. You can turn your words into nothing more than a joke with contradictory actions.
This is never truer in the lives of your kids. Live a life of integrity, presence and honor and your kids will listen to what you have to say. Be absent, angry and dis honorable and you will lose your kids. (And wife, friends, family & coworkers)
YOU are the first and best class room your daughter will ever attend. Make sure the lessons you are living out are consistent, life giving and productive.
Another way to say it is:
“Lead always and when necessary use words”
Talk is cheap friends. Your kids are watching even when you don’t think they are! They will follow your example in spite of what you say.