Today is Mother's Day. Today my kids will give me extra kisses, extra attention and extra treats. For them, I am the world. For them, I am the source of all comfort. For them, I am still the super hero. In a few years they may think otherwise, but for now, I can enjoy the extra attention.
I have been enjoying studying through a series about parenting with a focus on changing their heart, instead of just behaviors. And let me tell you that in the process of changing my children's heart, my heart has been changing too. It is one thing to teach my children about compassion, it is another to show it with my life. It is one thing to teach my children about God, it is another to let them see Him in my life. And I have learned that if I want to have children with genuine faith, it is my faith that I have to work on first.
Timothy, a young and faithful person in the Bible, had a strong foundation that started way before he was born. "I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also."2 Timothy 1:5 Genuine faith, or in other translations, unhypocritical. When you walk the talk.
For Timothy, Paul had already said in another letter that "Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith." 1 Timothy 1:5. If there was a secret to mothering with love, it would be these three things: pure heart, good conscience and sincere faith. And such things, I can only teach my children if I have them myself.
But how to achieve such things? Paul goes on to say that he was a terrible man himself but "I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all longsuffering (or unlimited patience), as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life." 1 Timothy 1:16. And this is the other secret, I don't have to achieve anything. I should just let Jesus fills the broken vessel that I am, with all His light, and He will transform my heart into a pure heart, He will give me a good conscience, and He will lead me to walk the talk.
Because at the end, who should get the praise for a mothering job well done? Not me! "Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen." 1 Timothy 1:17