I have two little girls and they are sweeeeeeeeeeet and sooooooo funny.
Izzie, my oldest, is often off doing her own thing and she engages her little sister, Ava (affectionately known as VaVa) when she wants to. :0) She loves her little sister and she always wants her around, but sometimes she doesn’t act like it.
Izzie has a habit of exploring parts of the house that VaVa is not allowed to entertain. One of those places is the stairs.
Izzie has enough skill and stamina to play on the stairs, within reason, but Va, not so much. She gives us a scare every time she goes near the stairs because she is apt to fall and we don’t want her to get hurt. She enjoys being on the stairs but she could be happily playing, giving no thought to the stairs and then her sister will sashay her little self over there and it’s like kingdom come. Oh the stairs! My favorite place! And it begins.
It’s the same with the kitchen cabinets. Iz takes a peek in and the Va is like oh, yeah, what’s in there anyway? Let’s explore! Iz takes to my blinds and Va is there, the dutiful supporting lady, ready to do whatever it is that they are trying to do as they rattle the wooden-like slats against the doors and windows. Even though she’s only two, we try to impress upon Iz the importance of being a good leader and setting a good example for Av because she’s watching Izzie and wants to do everything that Izzie does. Iz doesn’t quite get it, but she’s trying.
It’s funny how accountability can work that way. It seems that most often we think about accountability in a very self-centered manner; how we can use our relationships to make us answerable for the way we live and help us accomplish goals and better ourselves. But, like it or not, we are always answerable to someone about something. Our behavior should compel people to the good and we have to be careful to live like we know this. God requires that we love one another and that we take care of each other. One way to do this is by the example we set for others to follow. It could mean freedom or bondage for someone. It’s such a big deal.
19 Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:19 NIV)