Thursday, May 6, 2010

JUST LIKE MOM


"I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also." 
(2 Timothy 1:5, NIV)

It may sound crazy (and those who know me would expect nothing less), but from little on, I have had a mindset with my kids of, "What would I want to have left them with if I get hit by a Mack Truck and die tomorrow?" With every day they are entrusted to my care, I am ever mindful that their time here with me is temporary and a sacred responsibility. So when they have left my care, what fingerprint will I have left on each of their lives that can be evidenced without them even thinking twice about it? Good or bad, those things will rise to the surface.

Two examples of my own mother's influence on my life quickly jump out for me to share. First, my mother deeply valued her faith life. Though expressed differently from my own, there was no doubting where her heart lay because that is where she spent her time. 

Second, my mom wanted to make each of her children feel like they were special and valued on their birthdays. Each family member would get their favorite meal made with their favorite cake to follow with much fanfare. Those both are things I carry with me in my own family today.

Mother Teresa's own mother brought comfort to the poor and dying of the streets when she was young. One doesn't have to look far to see the amazing influence that was in her life. Kindness and mercy had been a habit her mother imparted.

Ruth Bell Graham was recognized as the cohesive force that held her family together. Her love of God's word, humor, and heart for the less fortunate were passed on to her five children who continue in ministry on varying levels today.

I'm sure you realize that the list could go on and on. The point is, that it should be the fervent desire of every mother to leave behind children who want to be "just like mom" in every positive way. It is so often said that "Faith is more caught than taught." When my time raising my children is through, whether today or years from now, I want them to remember a mother who:
  • Loved the Lord and followed Him with all her heart.
  • Spend daily time in God's word and prayer, depending upon that to guide her life.
  • Extended love, kindness, and mercy to everyone around her.
The rest is just rubbish. Anyone can teach my kids basic life skills, hobbies or help them develop their talents. But I am given the unique opportunity, with them under my roof, to impart that lived out faith in precious ways. I pray that in the end, I might be found faithful to that calling!

PRAY: Holy Spirit, guide me in making the most of every minute I have with my children. I want nothing more than to point them to You.

~ Barb Dittrich

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