The best summer camp for your child will always be yourself

Thursday, July 3, 2014

The options are endless, summer camps have gone from a few days away on the countryside, playing games, swimming and having fun to advanced courses that can teach your child just about anything. Cooking, riding horses, sports, arts, music, theater, science, robotics, engineering, you name it, there is a summer camp available for every and each child's desire. 

There is nothing wrong with learning new skills or abilities, but a mother's got only a few years to mold a child's heart, and then they are gone like the wind, never to be a child again. A child's heart is a very precious treasure, available to be nurtured, guided, trained and loved for a limited amount of time. To hold a child's heart in your hands is the most important job in the world you will ever have because at the tip of your fingerprints lays an eternal soul, a breathing miracle, comparable to nothing a company, an artist or an industry will ever produce. 

And all this treasure has been entrusted to you, the mother, the most important summer camp your child will ever have. No other skill and ability matters most to a child than to be molded by you. To experience all your love, direction and attention with purpose, discipline, and intent. 

Eve, the first woman, called the "mother of all living" was tempted into wanting to be more than just the "mother of all living", she wanted to be like God. As if "mother of all living" was too little of a title because there is always another step up the ladder, right? Not really. "Mother of all living" was the most important position, title and job she could ever find, and by leaving her position and trying to be like God, she just went down that ladder right to the bottom.

In God's eyes, to be caring for an eternal soul and a breathing miracle is the most important position, title and job a woman can ever find. And all her efforts, her hard work and her disposition to do the best job she can according to the way God intended, are not gone unnoticed. Behind the description of most kings in the Bible, the name of his mother is acknowledged, right before stating if that king did what was right or what was wrong in God's eyes. Of course it does not mean that the mother or the father is solely responsible for the outcome of her children, but it does mean that she has a great influence over their outcome.

I like to think of Abijah, the daughter of Zachariah in 2 Chronicles 29:1. Her father must have been a great influence on her as it is said that he had instructed another king called Uzziah "in the fear of the Lord". So, even though Abijah's husband, Ahaz, did not do what was right in the eyes of God, when he died, their son Hezekiah, did an amazing job as a king, restoring the temple, the passover and conquering enemies. It is said of him that "Every work that he undertook in the service of the house of God in accordance with the law and the commandments seeking his God, he did with all his heart, and prospered" (2 Chro 31:21).

Abijah once had that same heart in her hands. And it seems that she shaped that heart in the right direction, even when her husband was not being a good influence on him. An entire kingdom was lifted up from idolatry, and learned to live "in the fear of the Lord" again, because a woman took her job as a mother very seriously. 

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the holy one is understanding" (Prov 9:10).

"Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. (1Cor. 1:24-25)

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