Caught More Than Taught


I’ve been thinking on this quote for a little while now. Respect is something that used to be high on the list in our society. It was taught at home, in schools, at the work force, and in our churches. It was expected of children, as well as adults. Somewhere along the lines we stopped teaching it and requiring it.

Our Pastor says this a lot, “What we want our children to learn is more caught than taught.” So maybe the adults stopped treating one another with respect and the children stopped doing it also. Our children will mimick us, so we might as well learn that early on and start modeling good behavior.

If children don’t see their parents treating each other with respect, you can just about count on them modeling that behavior. If they’re not guided to treat siblllings, peers, and adults with respect, then they won’t do it naturally. They are born with a sin nature, like us all.

So have we, as adults, dropped the ball? Are we teaching our children, with our behavior, how to be disrespectful to those around them? We have a serious responsibility and charge from God to raise our children to His standards.

Love God and love your neighbor.

Father, thank You for our children. Thank You that we can be good examples because that’s what You desire. Help us to teach dignity and respect to them. Help us to teach them with our actions not just our words. May we be respectful towads our husbands, children, and all we come in contact with daily. We want to instill traits in our children that please You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
Matthew 22:37-39


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