A wise man once said, “Your children don’t learn by your words, they learn by your example.” As I mentioned in some of my other posts, I have been into fitness much of my life, and I’ve noticed something over the years. Without any prodding, coaxing or teaching, my family has come right along with me. My consistency with fitness has created a culture of fitness within my family. My family will attest to the fact that it’s a regular occurrence to see me heading to the gym. Over the years, my family has grown to a point where we all have regular concern for what we are eating, we participate in athletics when we have the chance (not me so much anymore, but my children), and, like me, they are all making consistent trips to the gym as well. My wife says she feels fantastic, and anyone that knows her will tell you she looks fantastic as well. She has been an inspiration for many of the women in her life too. Now, I’m not going to take all the credit for my family… wait, it’s my family. If something goes wrong in my family, I would be expected to take responsibility for that. So is it arrogant of me to take credit for creating a culture of fitness in my family if I can say I have truly been the most consistent of all of us in living it out? There are few things in life that really make a dad proud, but I can tell you that other than seeing my family consistently attending church, working out at the gym and eating healthy are high on the charts for me.
Moms, don’t think for a second that you can’t play a crucial role of influencer. You too can be the culture creator in the family. When family members see a leader within the family taking charge (male or female), being consistent and working hard to make change, it sets an example that cannot be denied. It becomes a regular part of their lives. If mom or dad does it regularly, it must be normal, right? When your husband sees the physical change, and upgraded energy levels, it should inspire him to catch up. No matter what, stay consistent and never give up.
In my post The Game Plan I mention the motivation for getting fit should be to honor God with your body, and to be around for the ones you love. Well, being consistent at this while leading your family will be setting a culture for generations to come in your family. Leaving an inheritance for your children’s children doesn’t always have to be about money (Proverbs 13:22).
The Bible says in 1 Peter 5:3 that you should not be “domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock.”