An apple does not fall far from its tree.
Ask Lucy Nduta, whose son Victor Kanyari is trending on Kenyan media for successfully faking healing miracles and swindling naïve Kenyans of their hard-earned money in terms of “sowing seeds”. The financial seeds sown are supposedly to yield physical healing, according to his gospel, he follows in the footsteps of his mother, Lucy, a former expert at faking this kind of miracles.
Or ask our president, Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta. His father was Kenya’s first president.
Or consider the alikeness of Raila Odinga and his late dad, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga.
If you are still not convinced about apples falling near their trees, consider Hollywood celebrity families…many famous actors and actresses are children of famous actors and actresses!
Or see how Indians groom their sons to take over their family businesses.
See now in how many ways you resemble your parents, looks aside. Some of us discipline our children the way we were disciplined, some are wife batterers because their dads battered their mums, and some are go-getters because their mums were go-getters.
In deed, it is common to hear people excuse themselves with phrases such as “That is just how I was brought up”.
Yesterday, I watched the exposé of “Prophet” Victor Kanyari with his mother in my mind, I wondered whether she was watching, and what she was feeling as one fake miracle reeled after the other. Was she sorry? Remorseful? Nonchalant? Or proud?
Her son was trending all over the media alright, but his successes were dying out,ending, at the same pace. And it was fast.
I wondered how it would be if the cameras rolled on my daughter, standing on the premise that part of what she is can be easily linked to what I have taught her to be.
It is very easy for us parents to dismiss the thought that our day to day lives impact on the lives of our children. We would love to blame society and our children themselves for the choices they have made. We even tell ourselves that we are not essentially training our children on how to live, but are just living our lives. Big lies.
But let the trending story on Victor Kanyari and his mother take us back to the biblical truth that if we train our children in the way they should go, when they grow up they shall not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6.
See what Victor Kanyari never departed from!
On the other hand, children do not have to emulate bad parents. Let every child who is of understanding know. Let the adult know too, if he blames his bad character on his upbringing.
Why? Because of the instruction in Ezekiel 20:18;
But I said to their children in the wilderness, Walk you not in the statutes of your fathers, neither observe their judgments, nor defile yourselves with their idols.