Have you ever been left speechless by the words or actions of your precious child that shot straight to your heart? I experienced this very thing today as our nearly four-year-old daughter, Ruth, opened her play make-up and called it her “computer”. She then proceeded to tell Daniel, our two and a half year old, that she was video chatting with their grandpa. They both stood before the imaginary “computer” and greeted their grandpa. In that moment, my spirit was called into check.
As young mamas, speaking from experience here, it is easy to become overwhelmed by the daily chores and tasks that tug at us for attention and guidance. Yet, in watching our son and daughter reenact what they watch mommy do – in my time of rest—it really got me to thinking.
When all is said and done, our children will reflect what they have seen both mommy and daddy role model, without even trying. As little ones begin to imitate patterns and form the basis of whom they will one day be, may we as mamas, be willing to champion our little ones to follow hard after Jesus Christ. How do we do this; especially if they are young—through living it out day in and day out.
“Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.” Proverbs 22:6 (NLT)
Ladies, take this incredible truth to heart, as mamas you have been entrusted with precious gifts of God. Children are a biblical blessing from the Lord whom have a powerful role to play in the Lord’s kingdom (Psalm 127:3-5). As mamas, it is our sincere privilege to encourage, coach and correct our living legacies whom refer to us as “mom”. With all the enthusiasm, energy and creativity that children enjoy within youth, may we bring them to the cross of Jesus Christ and teach them why He is relevant to their precious lives today (John 14:6). This may sound daunting and even “too much” to take on. Or perhaps you are recalling the ways in which you “are not perfect” and are not “qualified” to be a role model for your children. Ladies, to believe that you are not qualified is to believe a lie from the pit of hell. Call it for what it is—an attack on where you have been seated—graciously within motherhood for God’s divine purpose (Colossians 3:17, Colossians 3:23 & 1 Corinthians 10:31). Thus, rest assured, you were made for this and are more than capable to fulfill this calling through Jesus Christ.
“If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 4:11 (NIV)
In the book of Isaiah chapter 6, a vision is recorded that has always struck me with much personal significance. My maternal grandfather was an evangelist in northern California, where I am from. As a young child, he would give each of the grandchildren a small monetary reward if we would memorize Isaiah 6:1-8. How blessed I am to have been raised with four grandparents whom were passionate about a life submitted to the will of Jesus Christ. I loved to sit with them to talk about the Holy Bible. On Sunday afternoons, I would have lunch with my paternal grandparents and we would talk about the sermon that we had just listened to together at church. I cherished those moments with them. I always loved with my Grandpa Hull would open the Bible and read as we would discuss matters of the Scriptures. There has always been something beautiful to me about a man opening the Bible with his family. How blessed I was to have two grandfathers who loved to open the Word of God. And now, I have married a man whom always loves the Word of God–such a blessing! Although I did not always have the words to express it, I watched both sets of my grandparents with a close eye—I wanted their steadfast faith that had stood the test of time, tragedy and triumph.
In the vision recorded in the book of Isaiah, the prophet Isaiah describes a glimpse of the Lord with astounded detail. While reading it, one feels as though they are looking onto a great throne room and are actually present (Isaiah 6:1-3). As Isaiah observes what is taking place in the heavenlies, he is convicted of heart (Isaiah 6:5). He wonders how in the world can he be in the presence of Almighty God with such “unclean lips”—let alone that he is from a people who have the same sin nature. It is in that moment that a heavenly being flies to him and touches his lips with a burning coal from the altar of sacrifice. The heavenly being states that his sin has been taken away and that his rebellion against God has been forgiven (Isaiah 6:6-7). Thus, he is clean. He is seen as pure in God’s sight. And because of that, when the Trinity asks who will go on their behalf to the nations, Isaiah responds in sheer jubilation, “Here am I, send me” (Isaiah 6:8).
Ladies, be encouraged. Regardless of the ways in which you may feel that you have “blown it” with your children—don’t give up. Keep starting each day by surrendering your plan to the Lord’s in prayer. Ask for His eyes and heart in the various roles you will need to play that day. And above all else, pray that your children will give their lives to the Lord at an early age. The prayers we lay at our Lord Jesus’ feet are not forgotten. Praise God, they are answered in the perfect way—for His divine purpose and end. May we never loose heart in thinking that “nothing” is happening—far from it! God’s methods cannot be tracked like a package soon to be delivered, but His words are proven as faithful and true.
Ladies, when we ask the Lord to forgive us, we are forgiven indeed (Hebrews 7:25). Allow us to model this to our children—and watch the impact that takes root. Regardless of the unique challenges that lie behind your family’s front door, know that God dearly loves each one under your roof. And for this reason, know that He is intimately interested in seeing your family thrive through following the examples and teachings of the Holy Bible. Our little ones are precious and they absorb what we do. And it is our great honor to exhibit for them attributes and characteristics that echo this to their young hearts. Why? Because each heart of your family is worth it to God. May we lean into His goodness and mercy as we breathe in another day of motherhood and thank Him for another opportunity to live out a life of Christ submitted servanthood as we minister to our families in steadfast love as Christ Himself modeled.