10 Things You Should Know about Motherhood
You’ve probably heard the phrase, “God won’t give you more than you can handle.” Mothers know that this isn’t true; raising children to the glory of God is always more than we can handle. We teach our children to sing, “We are weak, but he is strong. Yes, Jesus loves me,” and we live out those truths. Our sufficiency comes from Christ, through his gospel, to the praise of his glorious grace.
There are a number of mistakes that I have observed Christian parents making over my years in ministry. One mistake is to think that our duty as Christian parents consists solely of disciplining our children. To be sure, the Bible clearly states that Christian should be disciplined (see Heb. 12:6; Prov. 13:24). But discipline – the process of bringing the will into submission – is not enough. Another mistake is have seen consists of the belief that need only provide a good Christian environment for our children. We bring them to Sunday School and church, we home school them or educate them in Christian schools, we ensure that their friends are from believing families, we send them to Christian camps, etc. I am certainly not against any of these things. But providing a Christian environment and structure is simply not enough for the Christian nurture of our children. Our generation is seeing a shockingly high percentage of young people raised in a Christian environment who do not continue in the faith outside of the home. Surely, the primary reason is the poor quality of Christian faith in so many churches and homes. But I am persuaded that another reason is that many parents do not recognize their role in discipling their children in the faith.
In an intentional posture of humility (freedom) and dependence (trust), we become able to express our love for God to him with the creative delights in which he has wired us. What glory this brings to him! I believe creativity can and should become just as integral to our regular devotional lives as other practices like journaling and meditation.
Grace blows open the doors of our imagination and displaces the mantle-top gods we have imagined. Gone are the Greek and Roman conceptions of violence and capriciousness. The Eastern mysticism recently embraced as en vogue suddenly is revealed to be impersonal and calculated. Any religion refusing to embrace the starburst power of grace is left behind, for it discusses and worships an incomplete concept of God.
Good Living Is Rooted in Good Theology
Theology is about love — of God and neighbor. We worship rightly so we can share the gospel rightly. We want to know God rightly, and we want to tell others about him rightly. When we tell others about Jesus, we shouldn’t sound just like the Mormon or Jehovah’s Witness who visited them at dinner. It’s not loving to lead people into a false relationship with a false god, so we shouldn’t take our theology lightly.