when you wonder who you are raising…

I’m a mom. I worry. Oh it’s not some incessant fear or overwhelming anxiety. I’ve got a great big God who helps me battle those thoughts. But as we go about our day I watch my children and I wonder:

I wonder where they will go.
I wonder what they will do.
I wonder what they will become.
I wonder who they will be.

We have the future in our homes. It’s a future we have been entrusted. It’s a delicate task I fear will bear no fruit – no relationship – no future – no words. I worry that if I shift my focus from God to self – we’ll stumble and fall and fail.

Finding Purpose
As I look at my own purpose and ask God’s direction and healing in the places where things have/had gotten far from truth I hope that I know how to instill a sense of purpose in our children. NOT my purpose. NOT Mr. Hubby’s purpose. NOT my parents’ purpose. NOT my in-laws’ purpose. But God’s purpose for each of these unique individuals we are seeking to raise.

The only way our kids are going to know why they were placed on this planet, at this specific time, in this specific place, with our wild and crazy family - is by making sure that they KNOW intimately the ways of the God who formed them into the here and now. The only way they are going to know the Lord of the Angel Armies with their whole being is by being taught. How can we represent to our children what we ourselves do not know?

“Let the words of Christ, in all their richness, live in your hearts and make you wise. Use his words to teach and counsel each other. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. 17 And whatever you do or say, let it be as a representative of the Lord Jesus, all the while giving thanks through him to God the Father.” (Colossians 3:16-17 NLT)

Parents are representatives of the Lord Jesus to their children… and we may have certain ideas about what our children should become, but are those ideas centered around Jesus Christ? Ask yourself: are our plans as parents and our structuring of their lives all about us OR all about Him? Are we teaching them how to seek God? How to worship God? How to be obedient to God? How to fear God? or is it all about fearing us, being obedient to us – [gasp] even the praise, adoration and yes, worship of us?

I wonder who I am raising. I wonder what God intends for them to be and I focus on that. I focus on Him first because when my eyes come off of Him I can’t help but make this parenting thing all about me.

Are you excited to watch your children grow?

Are you excited to see God in their lives?

Are you seeking His purpose for your children?

Abiding,

J.

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4 comments

  1. Joy says:

    God is so amazing. I was just think about this last night. Am I raising my kids the way God wants me to raise them? Or am I trying to do it all on my own. Truly loved this post!

  2. SimplyDarlene says:

    Both, isn’t it both. And when we are in tune with God, then our “us” parts aren’t too bad, aye?

    And it’s a good thing our big God has lots o’ grace and wisdom and love!

    Blessings.

  3. Michael Learningtoserve Hale says:

    Have a youngster I’m mentoring now, and those questions ring every so true, every so necessary, when thinking about what I’m doing with this young life with which I’ve been entrusted. They also shape the very crucial framework of “Questions I Wished I Would Have Been Asked” when bringing up my own children.

    Fantastic piece, thank you!

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