I can’t tell my children to reach for the sun. All I can do is reach for it myself. (Joyce Maynard, novelist and journalist)

We might tell our kids to do as we say. Why? “Because I say so!” That is hardly a satisfactory answer, but we continue to offer it either because we really don’t have a good answer, or we’ve not given them a good example to follow. So, we’d do better to recognize and change this.

And you yourself must be an example . . . by doing good works of every kind. Let everything you do reflect [your] integrity and seriousness. (Titus 2:7)