Saturday, October 11, 2014

How to Craft a Lasting Legacy

Have you ever thought about your legacy?

Housed within the well-known Ten Commandments is a less known, but important scriptural promise that concerns your legacy.  When the Lord commands us not to make any graven images, he also says, "You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments" (Exodus 20:5-6, emphasis mine).  When we seek to honor God as we raise our children, we are not only blessing them, but we have the power to bless a thousand generations beyond.

Can there be any doubt that our work as mothers is valuable in the Lord's eyes?  I am done with the tired debates about the value of motherhood.  I am eager to elevate it to the sacred task, the vocation, that it is.  

I am eager to grow a community of mothers who believe:

  • We are not perfect, but we believe that God can magnify even the smallest act of faithfulness for the benefit of our families, and we seek to be faithful. 
  • Amidst the sometimes lonely moments of motherhood, we have the power to connect meaningfully with one another and remember that we are never alone. What's more, we're stronger together.
  • Parenting is difficult and life is not without its challenges, but God is bigger than any of them and he's given us divine resources.  We look to scripture for the framework of our daily life so that we can live encouraged and inspired.  
  • Motherhood is a vocation, and by esteeming it as such, we will invest in our own well-being and that of our children.  We want to use our gifts to create homes of abundant blessing.
  • Love is our motivation.  We bask in the unconditional love of Jesus, whom we want to know more each day.  Further, we give love to others out of its overflow so that we are continually renewed on our respective journeys.

Parenting is not the art of mastery, but the art of surrender to God.  For as we listen, he will inform.  As we question, he will gently nudge.  And as we seek to grow our family witness, we can leave lasting footprints for a better world.  

Right now, we can only imagine how the years will unfold and God will shape our legacies. I can't wait to share that journey with you!

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