One of the things we do as a family is pray before we go on a trip. We even pray for and with others, who have stayed with us, before they leave to travel back home. I never realized what kind of impact that had on my children until yesterday.
Our oldest daughter (4yrs old) was in the back yard playing with a friend. They were pretending that the friend was visiting my daughter at her "house"(The back corner of the yard). After they visited a while, the friend said that it was time for her to go back to her "house" (Another corner of the yard). Before she left my daughter said, "Can I pray for you?" and then she bowed her head and thanked God for her friend and prayed that God would protect her as she traveled back home.
It is only natural for children to imitate their parents. And it should be natural for Christians, children of God, to imitate Him as well. In Ephesians 5:1 we are told to "...be imitators of God, as beloved children."
Matthew 5:14-16 says, You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. (NASB)
The truth is, people are watching!