As a stay-at-home mom of three young boys, I’ve spent a large majority of the past 9 years in the presence of my children. I’ve gone through phases where this felt good, and right, and the very place I wanted most to be.
I’ve also gone through phases where I felt as if my whole life was passing before my eyes as I changed diapers, calmed tantrums, and wiped little noses.
I’ve cried tears of joy as I watched another little one take his very first steps, and I’ve cried tears of frustration at the end of another day where nothing seemed to have been accomplished. (And I may have, on occasion, cried for both of these reasons on the very same day.)
To be a mother is to be capable of feeling all of these conflicting feelings all at the very same time.
But through it all, the Lord has graciously grown within me an understanding that what He has put before me at this very stage of life is by far the most important work I’ll be given in this life. The work of discipling my children.
As followers of Christ, we are called to make disciples. To spread the good word of God’s good work far and wide (Matthew 28:19). And as parents, our children are our primary disciples. They are the very first ones we usher toward Christ.
But in the hustle and bustle of everyday living, how do we do that? How do we live out the Lord’s command that we teach our children to follow Him in the midst of diapers, dinner, and toy dinosaurs?
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