The Pressure is Off
So many times I look at my children and wonder if they are going to truly love the Lord with all their hearts. I question if I am doing enough as a mother to instill godly values into their hearts. Am I wasting my time? Knowing that even after I have put so much energy into teaching them the ways of obedience and they can still choose to reject God and His ways, is terrifying to me.
This can not be! I read a quote by J.C. Ryle that says, “ The path of obedience is the way to blessing. We have only to do as the servants were commanded at the marriage feast in Cana, to fill the water-pots with water, and we may safely leave it to the Lord to turn that water into wine.”
My job is to fill the water-pots! It’s God’s job to turn the water into wine. How freeing! How wonderful! I don’t have to worry! What could bring more joy to this mother’s heart?
We do get tired from time to time. We get bone-weary and discouraged when we pour our lives into our children and there seems to be a fruitless season. Despite this, God wants me to continually teach my children who are struggling with bad attitudes, temper tantrums, selfish behavior, to be lovers of God and not themselves. How do I do this day in and day out and maintain a joyful-servant heart? By knowing that I am just one tool in God’s toolbox! It’s not up to me to change my children, that is God’s job. My job is to prayerfully seek God’s Will in the life of each of my children, teach them the ways of the Lord and watch to see what GOD is doing in their life.
Praise God, the pressure is off of me! It has always been up to Him.
Keep being diligent mothers! Teach your children the ways of the Lord, when you walk, sit, eat and drive in the car together. Take every opportunity and do not consider it wasted! God is working…You are off the hook!
From One Mother To Another,