Early this morning as I drove home from the gym, I heard the radio hosts ask this question, “What are you modeling for your children that they will then model for their own?”
I thought about how every week my husband and I welcome a group of college students into our home for Bible study. Students come from our church, or the nearby university, friends bring friends and the group has ebbed and flowed now for two years. Some evenings we may have a student or two join our family for dinner, which is a great time to get to know them better, and for them to interact with our three kids. Once the rest of the students arrive, I serve brownies or popcorn and the students jump on the trampoline with our kids or sit at our table discussing science concepts that are way over my head.
Eventually, our kids head into our bedroom to watch a movie on my laptop and we corral the students into the living room where my husband leads us in Bible study.
Fifteen years ago, as a college student, I lived with a family who modeled to me exactly this kind of hospitality. They held a weekly Bible study for college students in their home. Sometimes students shared a meal with them. There were always yummy snacks, good conversation and focused time in the Word.
Perhaps one day, one of my children will be in college and will attend a similar study in the home of a nice, young family from a nearby church. Or perhaps they will lead one themselves once they are adults with families of their own.