I used to get mad because I didn’t want to look like my mother or act like her! As a first born with strong will and independent personality, I wanted to be an individual, like no other, especially my mom! Now, I see things a little differently and have come to respect most of her views, personality, and the legacy that she will one day leave behind.
Now I must explain, that just because Sunday happened to be Mother’s Day, it is not my intention to have you reflect on your mom or lay a guilt trip on you for perhaps not spending the time with her that you could. As a matter of fact, honestly, I’ve never been a fan of Mother’s Day or Father’s Day! That may shock some of you but it is painful for me to think of the millions of kids in the world who are not as fortunate as I am to have such great parents who love the Lord! Sure, the day is designed to honor each of them but it also brings about an enlarged emptiness for those without. My plan is to focus in this week by carrying on the theme of Uniquely Designed With Purpose!
Because of this feeling of inadequacy, many give up along the way. Others continue yet feel hopeless. That’s certainly not God’s intent. He tells us in 2 Thessalonians 1:11 that it is God who makes us worthy. We are created in his image because he loves us. As others have said, we have been created on purpose and for a purpose. We are to honor God with our lives, not seek to be “good enough” by living by the right rules. We are saved by grace through faith so that no one can boast (Eph. 2:8-9). Our boasting is in who God is and what he does through us and among us.
God makes you worthy. September 21, 2011 By Dillon Burroughs http://www.patheos.com
We share the taste for the same style of furniture. We both love to grow roses, cut them, and share them with others. We love our coffee in the morning along with some quiet time, and we love a beautifully arranged and set table! We love spending time outside, the mountains, camping, and doing things for others (although she is better at that than I)! My mom is stubbornly diligent and determined. This is a trait that I became aware of in myself over the last few years! We are loyal, faithful, and friendly. Deep within, we both have a servant’s heart. A part of my mother lies hidden within me not only in physical traits, but also the way we think, and sometimes what we say…it’s rather creepy sometimes! There is nothing that she would not do for me! And she helps empower me to do what God has called me to do. Though she doesn’t see herself as a musician, an artist (she does paint really well), an author (she wrote a biography of Lottie Moon), or someone with outstanding talents, God has designed her for a more important purpose. She brings delight to the Lord and she glorifies Him. She was also designed to be my mom! A full time job I’m sure! She is a woman of prayer.
Of course too, how about Mary, Jesus’ mom? Talking about uniquely designed with purpose! It was at the wedding in Cana that she told him of the problem of the wine running out. She encouraged the servants to do whatever He asked of them. It was there that Jesus performed His first miracle.
Each of us is designed with purpose. Yes, we are made to bring glory to God and help lead others into knowing Him, but I believe it doesn’t stop there. We are also designed to love one another (it’s our spiritual birthmark Jn. 13:35) and encourage them (I Thess. 5:11). It’s also what Jesus did. When we became born again, we received a type of spiritual DNA. We take on the characteristics of Jesus. In Acts 11: 19-26, the disciples were first called Christians. They were identified with Christ. Though some of us appear a little more unique than others, but that is the beauty of variety and how we work together in the body of Christ.
This week (and always), I’m thankful for my mom, and when I glance in the mirror, I am proud that I share in some of her traits. She has helped develop and train me into the woman I am today. And…seeing her in me…well….that’s not so bad afterall!
Striving to live like Jesus,
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