1 Kings 17:14-15
But the Israelites would not listen. They were as stubborn as their ancestors who had refused to believe in the LORD their God. They rejected his decrees and the covenant he had made with their ancestors, and they despised all his warnings. They worshiped worthless idols, so they became worthless themselves. They followed the example of the nations around them, disobeying the LORD’s command not to imitate them.
My six-year-old son juggles to gain acceptance with the kids at school. He often asks, “Can I get an iPad like Charlie?” or “Can you get me Pokemon like Colten?” He also acts as a classroom clown, even if he disobeys the rules, so his friends laugh.
I think us moms fall into similar spiritual traps.
We sometimes follow other moms to figure out how to live, rather than follow Christ. We long to fit in with our neighbors rather than risk standing out—fitting in with the truths of God’s Word.
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It’s great looking to other moms who love Jesus for examples and creative inspiration, but let’s remember, we follow Jesus and not what others think makes a good mom.
My friend Martha inspires me to read more with my kids and has great suggestions on books that teach little ones about the Lord. Amy’s creativity expresses itself in after-school tea parties to connect with her kids and pray for them. Yet if I don’t do either of those, I’m no less of a godly mom.
Godly motherhood is simply following Jesus in the moments of mothering.
God, please help me desire to follow Jesus more than the culture around me, including other Christian moms. Thank you for their example, but help me be the mom You created me to be. I desire to live for you. In Jesus’ name, AMEN
How about you? What is one practical way you keep your focus on Jesus rather than on others? Please share! You can leave a comment by clicking here.