This is Part 1 of a mini series to help mom’s do a little bit of self reflective parenting. There is no doubt that we, as moms, love our children. There is no doubt that we will do anything for our children. As Christ following mom’s we truly understand, embrace, and grasp the fact that our children are wonderful beautiful blessings from God. We would do just about anything to protect, guard and unconditionally love the gifts from our Father that are our children.
I understand that “family” and all it encompasses, has been under attack in our culture. As Christ followers, we understand the special provision that God has bestowed on family and we are quick to pick up “arms” to protect the sanctity of life, family and children.
I just want to clarify upfront that I am not against family or against children. As Christ centered mom’s to our children I know that it’s an important job that we should not take lightly. I do not take my job as a mom lightly and I would never advocate for other Christ following mom’s to do so either.
However, I have seen a phenomenon and tendency for mom’s to use the gifts that God has blessed us with, which are our children and turn them into mini idols that we use to validate who we are as women.
We end up loving the creation more than the Creator.
We end up loving the gifts more than the Giver of gifts.
We need to be aware of this. We need to enter mommyhood with caution…but lots and lots of love.
We need to check our hearts and our parenting.
To kick off this series, I have a guest blogger. Her name is Nana Dolce and you can read her blog over at gomommies.blogspot.com
I hope you enjoy her writing as much as I did.
Warning to Self: Don’t Make your “Godly Offspring” your Idol
I heard my daughter’s heartbeat at 10 weeks gestation. The midwife told us that 10 weeks was still quite early and she prepared us for the possibility of not hearing that little thump on that visit. But the sound was loud, crisp and perfectly clear as soon as the Doppler device was applied. My daughter’s heartbeat was music to me ears on at day. I loved it then, as much as I love her four teeth grin today; not to mention her contemplative, determined, yet easily pacified ways. She is an all together adorable, sweet little sinner (a post to come later on that) who makes her mother’s heart beat.
And pray. Caution your heart and pray. Ask for God’s grace to tear down the intruding idols. I end here with that prayer – one inspired by Pastor Tim Keller’s sermon on the Gospel and Idolatry: Lord, please help me to love Jesus more than my child. I know that this will only happen as I worship, pray and think deeply about the gospel. Give me grace to remember that Jesus Christ is my Great Lover, Savior and King. Help me to understand, know and cherish the gospel that it may pull my heart to Christ and make Him the chief joy of my affections. I don’t want to love my child less, I want to love her more – with an unwavering love that displays and glorifies your own enduring passion for those that are your own. Amen.