Little Eyes –

“I love your eye shadow.” She told me as little arms wrapped around my neck. “The blue with the pink is so pretty.” Honestly, I barely had any eye shadow on; it was just a thin line above my lashes, but she noticed it nonetheless. Her smile broadened as I thanked her for the compliment.

These little details – the ones I doubt anyone will notice – haven’t missed her watchful eye. She’s taking in everything and storing it in her growing mind. My answer is her answer; my favorite color is hers; if I like it, she’ll insist she prefers it too.

I remember these days. When I insisted I loved tomatoes or blue cheese, though in reality I simply liked them. The truth was my dad loved these things and I wanted to love them because he did. Of course, I could never bring myself to love mushrooms as he does… I guess I just wasn’t willing to push my taste buds that far (I’m sure they were thankful for that).

What Are You Gonna Do About It?
The point is, these little eyes are watching and they’re eager to follow. Are you leading as you should? While this applies to others, I say this directly to my peers. You have become the definition of “cool” to these little ones. Whether you realize it or not, you could very well play a significant part in shaping their future.

So put your words into their mouth and see how they sound. Would you want them to say that? Examine your actions through their eyes and simply realize that they’re ready to follow your lead, wherever you go.

You have the chance to lead them closer to their heavenly Father or further away. The question is, what are you gonna do about it?

9 comments

  1. Joy S. says:

    Oh so true! I was reminded of this over and again working at the preschool last semester. And I’m reminded of it everyday with my younger brother, and even now, being at college – there may not be any kids, but there are plenty of watching eyes. Thanks for this; I’m looking forward to your next post. I’ve been thinking about the same topic of mimicking God lately, so I’m interested in what you have to say. =)

  2. Chris says:

    But… wait… mushrooms are awesome!! Oh, that wasn’t the point of your post, was it?

    I don’t have any younger siblings, and here at college, there aren’t many little people running around–except for the occasional really short person. You have a good point though, and if our influence on those younger than us is negative, there’s probably something bigger that’s wrong with our lives.

    • Uh… well… I suppose you’re entitled to you own opinion, but it’s an opinion that I do not share. haha
      Thanks for reading, Chris! Your comment made me laugh – as usual. And your statement at the end is very true. We cannot lead where we ourselves do not go.
      Plus, you never know – it may be that it’s not just the little people that are watching and learning; we can also have a huge impact on those in our own age group… even the occasional really short ones. lol 😉

    • You guys have it all wrong. We must be politically correct and refer to them as ‘vertically challenged’. 😛 haha
      Seriously though, I second what Rachel said about us influencing our peers at college. Sometimes it’s easy to miss, but especially as men, when we choose to be mature and godly, it can have a huge impact on others. I’ve seen this several times within my group of friends and elsewhere on campus.

  3. Amen! A good note for parents to their children too. Just as you desired to mimic what your daddy liked, most children function in the same way. And if we as adults are mimicking our Daddy, they will in turn mimic Him also. We are an example to SO many! Even in the little things such as the eyeshadow we wear and the food we eat.
    Thanks for sharing. Great *food* for thought 🙂

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