What is Your Goal?
I had an interesting question presented to me about a month ago. A lady was trying to get me to start a home-based business. She knew I was a SAHM and asked me, “What do you want to do with your life? What are your goals?” I don’t know where this answer came from, but without missing a beat, I replied, “To raise my children to love the Lord with all of their heart, soul and mind.” I think she was shocked. She was taken aback and didn’t know what to say! I don’t think she had ever heard that answer before. She then told me that those were very high and lofty goals. I wanted to tell her, “you ain’t a’kiddin’!”
After this question was brought up, the Lord has reminded me continually that this truly is my highest goal. Yes, it would be nice to travel to some exotic land! Yes, it would be nice to perhaps go on a short-term missionary trip. Yes, it would be nice to be able to scrapbook anytime I felt like it! It would be a lot easier for me to send my children to public school instead of homeschooling them. But this is a relatively short season in my life. God says we are to learn to “love the Lord with all of our heart, soul, and mind”. That is no small task! In order for me to be teaching my children to do so, I have to be living that as well. I need to be on my knees praying for myself and my family! I need to continue to follow in the convictions that God has placed in my heart no matter what the cost.
In order to attain goals, things must be sacrificed. That is true with any type of goal. For example, some people want more money or toys, in which you work harder and spend less time with family. What kind of sacrifices will you be making to give your children a godly heritage? You will have less toys because you will learn to be content. You will have to sacrifice your flesh daily as you seek to develop Christ-like qualities in your heart. You will have to stop giving into anger and instead be controlled by the Spirit (a big one for me). You will have to let go of back-biting, gossip, bitterness, and unforgiveness. Children can sniff out a hypocrite a mile away! They will know whether you are the real thing or not. You cannot teach those godly qualities in your children, if you, yourself, are not willing to change.
The other day, I decided to share my struggle with anger with my children. I had just blown up at them and as I was tucking them in that night I felt the Lord prompt me to ask their forgiveness. I do this often, but this time I told them, “Mommy has a really hard time not being angry when you disobey. I am working on this and I would appreciate your prayers.” They prayed for me right then and there. I have actually done better since then! I want my children to know that we all struggle with certain sins. When we blow it, we need to confess to those we’ve hurt and to God. Teaching them repentance is the key! Was that a sacrifice? You bet it was! I had to swallow my pride and allow my children to see my own struggles with sin.
So be thinking about what your goals are. How are you going to attain your goals? What sacrifices are you going to have to make? Are they godly goals or fleshly goals?
I pray that with God’s help and after all is said and done, that my children would follow my example and “love the Lord God with all their heart, soul, and mind”, even MORE than their mother did!
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