top of page
  • Writer's pictureDavid and Marilynn Chadwick

Davidisms: You Reproduce Who You Are, Not What You Do

This is a very important parenting tip: You reproduce who you are, not what you do.

If you plant an apple seed, what will grow? Apples, of course. Same with orange seeds. Watermelon seeds. Pecan seeds. This has been true since the beginning of time. “The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kind” (Genesis 1:12).

A seed will produce the DNA within it. According to its own kind.

The same is true for people. You reproduce who you are, not what you do.

Consider the biblical image of the root of the Holy Spirit. From that root, the fruit of the Spirit is produced (Galatians 5:22-23). Therefore, it’s the root - who the Spirit is - that produces the fruit exhibited in a believer’s life.

Parents, are you listening? Your kids are watching who you are, much more than what you do. And they will not desire to reproduce in their own lives any hypocrisy they observe in yours.

Parents, you will most likely reproduce your life with Jesus in your kids.

It’s a sobering thought for all parents.

Recent Posts

See All

Hidden Heroes: Timothy

by David Chadwick My next hidden hero is Timothy. We don’t know when, but at some point he became a follower of Jesus and a mentee of Paul. Over Paul and Timothy’s journey together, Paul developed a t

Hidden Heroes: The Boy with 5 Loaves and 2 Fish

by David Chadwick My next hidden hero of the faith is the boy who brought the five loaves and two fish to Jesus when he fed the 5,000 people in John 6:1-15. Who was this little boy mentioned in verse

Hidden Heroes: John Mark

by David Chadwick John Mark is most likely the young boy in the Garden of Gethsemane in Mark 14:51-52 who followed Jesus “with nothing but a linen cloth about his body” and ended up being seized. He w


bottom of page