As I have reflected on the blossoming (bursting!) personalities and character of these little people in my home, I have found myself overwhelmed at the task before me as a Mother. They are sponges, semi-blank slates. How do I address all the things that need development? Every single moment presents an opportunity to teach them something. Where do I start?
Because I am a former business person, I tend to think strategically. What is our end goal? This has led me to some basic questions about family: What is the call of a family? Particularly, a family that professes to love and serve God? Likewise, what is the chief role of a mother? I could list 100 roles of mother from Household Manager to Laundress, Counselor and Teacher to Referee. We know the duties, but what is our higher call? To love and to serve, to protect and to nurture...but what is our end goal?
I believe I am called to do all those things so that God is glorified. I want to raise children whose basic needs are met so they can concentrate on the higher things, the reasons we profess God created us in the first place: to glorify Him with our lives.
It is a lofty aspiration. One that certainly cannot be accomplished without the leadership of the One who called us to that in the first place.
This morning I had a few stolen minutes to begin reading another book by Mark Buchanan, The Holy Wild. (I promise I am not getting a kickback from his publisher. I just really enjoy his writing.) I loved this quote:
"I will have failed if God is named, but not praised, analyzed but not glorified, seen but not sought."
As God-fearing Moms, it is not enough to name, analyze and point our little people to God. We must do so out of our own love for Him. We must model praise of His Name to our children and help them seek His Face amidst all the other competing voices in the world. Do you know what that demands? A real relationship with Him, not just going through the motions or relying on our memories of the relationship we once had. Ouch.
If I am not starting my day receiving instruction, guidance and strength from Him, this task will be infinitely more difficult. I know this, yet I can make a hundred small concessions to my time and not include 10 minutes in the Word.
The best thing we can do for our children is praise, glorify and seek God ourselves.