Have you ever eaten an icicle when you were a child? We did. We broke them off the house and enjoyed eating them when they are clear as crystal. Sometimes though, they had been made with muddy water, like forming off the running boards of cars, and muddy ones are not very good to eat.
Kenny Ray had a devo tonight about icicles and built his devotional around how icicles AND how our influence is built drop by drop...a little at a time.
I also want to consider influence and how it affects our little ones day by day and drop by drop...as they are growing up. It takes approximately 18 years to form a child into an adult person...and each day we are either a good influence on them or a bad influence.
Day by day and drop by drop, we are either influencing them to be good moral people and faithful followers of God or we are just letting any kind of environment form them. It happens gradually...whether we are doing a good job or a bad one for them...so gradually that we may not see the evidence until it is too late. We need to be thoughtful and caring parents in order to form them into what God wants.